Regent Releasing has picked up Yojiro Takita's Japanese foreign language Oscar submission Departures for North American distribution.

Regent's West Coast general manager and executive vice president distribution and acquisitions Mark Reinhart negotiated the deal with Satoko Ishida of Shochiku. The company plans a limited release this summer.

Departures earned 13 Japanese Academy Award nominations and has won several awards on the festival circuit, among them the Grand Prix Des Ameriques Prize at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival and best picture, best director and best actor at the Golden Rooster Awards in China.

Masahiro Motoki stars as a redundant orchestra cellist who discovers new meaning in life when he takes a job as a funeral professional.