Drama

The Long Excuse (永い言い訳)

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© 2016 "The Long Excuse" Film’s Partners

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF EMPATHY IN A TIME OF MOURNING

Celebrity author Sachio and his supportive wife Natsuko have an amicable marriage that lacks passion. While Natsuko dies in a bus accident, Sachio is in bed with a younger woman. Forced to play the role of a grieving widower in front of media, he is more shocked by his emotional disconnect to her death. Unable to muster any genuine sadness for his wife’s passing, he’s at a loss for how to proceed with his life.

Eventually he meets Yoichi, whose wife perished in the same bus accident. Unlike Sachio, Yoichi is devastated and in denial. For unfathomable reasons Sachio volunteers to help take care of Yoichi’s children while their father is out working long hours as a truck driver.

The Long Excuse is a touching drama that closely follows its characters and their transformation, prompted by empathy and death. Director Miwa Nishikawa, who was mentored by Hirokazu Kore-eda (After the Storm), beautifully orchestrates joy and sadness, creating a film that is emotional but never overbearing. Featuring stellar acting by Masahiro Motoki (Departures) as Sachio and Pistol Takehara as Yoichi.

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This award-winning film debuted at Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and had sold out sessions at the Japanese Film Festival 2016.

Year: 2016

Length: 124

Format: DCP colour

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Audience warning: Contains theme of adultery; mild sexual content, language and violence

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Drama

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Schedule

regional

Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - State Cinema – North Hobart - hobart
Concluded - Tower Cinemas Newcastle - newcastle

fringe

Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - Event Cinemas George Street - sydney
Concluded - Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre - brisbane

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Cast & Crew

Director
Miwa Nishikawa/
Producer
Asako Nishikawa/
Akihiko Yose/
Original Story
Miwa Nishikawa/
Screenplay
Miwa Nishikawa/
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Cast
Masahiro Motoki/
Pistol Takehara/
Sousuke Ikematsu/
Haru Kuroki/
Kenshin Fujita/
Tamaki Shiratori/
Keiko Horiuchi/
Eri Fukatsu/