Biographical, Romance

The 8-Year Engagement

8年越しの花嫁 奇跡の実話

Directed by: Takahisa Zeze

Year: 2017

Length: 119 minutes

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

Screens in: Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne

日本語の解説は映画.comへ

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

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

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.
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Dendy Canberra Centre, Canberra

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Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane

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Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane

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Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth

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Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth

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GU Film House Adelaide, Adelaide

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Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

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Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

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Hoyts Melbourne Central, Melbourne

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Hoyts Melbourne Central, Melbourne

Director: Takahisa Zeze

Original Story: Mai Nakahara and Hisashi Nakahara

Screenplay: Yoshikazu Okada

Producer: Daisuke Fukushima and Shinya Watanabe

Cast: Takeru Sato and Tao Tsuchiya

Genre: Biographical, Romance

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Format: DCP colour

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