The Long Excuse

Synopsis: Based on a book by writer - director Miwa Nishikawa, a recently widowed writer ( Masahiro Motoki,Departures)whose wife died in a bus crash comes to terms with his grief,or lack of it, in caring for the children of a working man who also lost his wife in the same accident.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Miwa Nishikawa
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
124 min

I be Oshita by name, of the Yamagata Prefectural Police.

In connection with a bus accident today...

... we'd like to confirm some things with a family member.

Could someone please call us back as soon as you hear this message?


What did your wife eat last night?

We ate separately.

I had a dinner

I couldn't get out of, and...

Do you remember what she was wearing...

...when she left?

What color?

Don't worry about it.


Did your wife contact you after she'd left?

No, she didn't.

Did you call her?

I understand. I'm the same.

After 20 years, you're long past gazing at each other.


Mr Kinugasa...

...I'm afraid...

...Mrs Omiya's family has confirmed her death as well.


Yuki Omiya. She was traveling with your wife.


Oh, I see.

They'd been close friends ever since high school?

Uh, yes.

That's right.

I met my wife in our first year of university...

... when she was 19.

I was 21. I'd needed two extra study years.

But her father died suddenly.

She left the university...

...and vanished from my life.

Then while I was job-hunting...

...I ran into her again at a hair salon in Ginza.

As she ran her scissors smoothly over my head...

...full as it was of rejections from publishing companies...

...she said, 'Didn't you tell me you were going to write a novel?'

Stuck for an answer, I was about to mumble an excuse when she said...

... 'Just write one, then.

'That's best for you. '

On that rainy day in June... life as a writer...

...began with my wife.

Natsuko Kinugasa,

Hair Stylist

Her parents are dead... I had her cremated there.

The body was badly damaged, and it was a long way back.

I'm sorry.

You're sorry, Sensei?

We'd have gone to Yamagata, or anywhere else...

...if you'd just told us.

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Miwa Nishikawa

Miwa Nishikawa (西川美和, Nishikawa Miwa, born July 8, 1974 in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima) is a Japanese director and screenwriter. Nishikawa has received a degree in literature at the University of Waseda. After working on several independent films as well as catching the eye of Hirokazu Kore’eda, her film making career set off with her first film, Wild Berries, winning the award for best screenplay at the Mainichi Film Award. In addition to her film making career, Nishikawa has also written a book titled The Long Excuse. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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