The Japanese film Okuribito (おくりびと）has been nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film). It stars Motoki Masahiro (aka Mokkun), an actor in his mid-40s.
The story revolves around a cellist who loses his job in a New York orchestra, and becomes an undertaker in rural Japan.
Motoki became famous as one of the earliest Janny-su (discovered by Johnny Jimusho, the boy band king of Japan, who also promoted Kimutaku and SMAP) to soaps, songs and a nude photo book called the “White Room” in 1991.
Has anyone already seen the movie? I am super-curious to see it. Here’s the trailer and official website in Japanese: