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THE LONG EXCUSE

THE LONG EXCUSE
永い言い訳

Synopsis

Celebrated author Sachio shares a passionless marriage with the nonetheless supportive Natsuko. When she dies in a bus crash, he feels no sadness and is forced to play the part of a bereaving widower. His calculated displays of grief catch the eye of Yoichi, the genuinely devastated husband of another of the accident victims.

For unfathomable reasons, Sachio volunteers to babysit Yoichi’s children while their father works, setting in motion his own road to recovery.

Trivia

Helmed by Miwa Nishikawa, a protégé of Hirokazu Kore-eda, who has been named Best Director at multiple domestic awards and festivals

Adaptation of Nishikawa’s 2015 novel, which was nominated for the 153rd Naoki Prize, Japan’s most prestigious literary award

Stars Masahiro Motoki in his first lead role since the Oscar-winning Departures

Awards

71st Mainichi Film Awards for Best Director (Miwa Nishikawa) and Best Actor (Masahiro Motoki)

Information

Year 2016
Duration 124 mins
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Country Japan
Genre Drama

Cast

  • MOTOKI Masahiro
    as Sachio Kinugasa
  • TAKEHARA Pistol
    as Yoichi Omiya
  • FUKATSU Eri
    as Natsuko Kinugasa

Staff

  • Screenplay by
    Miwa Nishikawa
  • Cinematography by
    YAMAZAKI Yutaka
  • Editing by
    MIYAJIMA Ryuji