Biographical Romance

The 8-Year Engagement (8年越しの花嫁 奇跡の実話)




© 2017 "The 8-Year Engagement" Film Partners

An against all-odds romance based on the true story of Mai and Hisashi Nakahara

Screens in all JFF Main cities.

This beautiful love story starts when Mai (Tao Tsuchiya) and Hisashi (Takeru Sato) meet at a gokon (group date). Polar opposites, Mai is bubbly and headstrong, while Hisashi is quiet and considerate. But opposites do attract and they naturally fall in love, despite getting off on the wrong foot.

Soon after their engagement, Mai is struck down with encephalitis, a rare disease that sends her into a coma with slim chances of survival. Despite the grim prognosis, Hisashi stays by her side and visits her everyday. Weeks turn into months, and months turn into years. And yet Hisashi persists. Together they fight the odds.

Based on the real life experiences of Mai and Hisashi Nakahara, The 8-Year Engagement is a miraculous love story that will surely leave audience in tears. Directed by the versatile director Takahisa Zeze, who started out directing and writing experimental pink films in the 80s before rising to prominence with major productions like 64 (Rokuyon) and My Friend ‘A’.


The 8-Year Engagement is not your average tear-jerker. The film is based on a real-life story documented on YouTube before becoming a best-selling autobiographical novel in 2015. Popular actor Takeru Sato (Inuyashiki, Rurouni Kenshin) stands out in his sensitive portrayal of Hisashi, reflecting a maturity that can only be gained with years of acting.

Year: 2017

Length: 119

Format: DCP colour

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

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Biographical Romance




Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - Dendy Canberra Centre - canberra
Concluded - Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre - brisbane
Concluded - Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre - brisbane
Concluded - Event Cinemas Innaloo - perth
Concluded - Event Cinemas Innaloo - perth
Concluded - GU Film House Adelaide - adelaide
18/11/2018 12:00 Event Cinemas George Street [Book now] sydney
23/11/2018 18:00 Event Cinemas George Street [Book now] sydney
24/11/2018 20:15 Hoyts Melbourne Central [Book now] melbourne
29/11/2018 18:30 Hoyts Melbourne Central [Book now] melbourne



Cast & Crew

Takahisa Zeze/
Original Story
Mai Nakahara/
Hisashi Nakahara/
Yoshikazu Okada/
Daisuke Fukushima/
Shinya Watanabe/
Takeru Sato/
Tao Tsuchiya/