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


But you have customers here...

None of our customers would be angry if we'd gone to mourn her.

They were all hers to begin with.

That's enough.

For 15 years, more than 300 days a year...

...we worked with her from morning till night.

Didn't you stop to think she had her own life as well?

It's hard for him too, Kotoe.


Is it, Sensei?


Settle down, will you!


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

...began with my wife.

Just before she left...

...she cut my hair for me.

The warmth of her fingers...

...on my hair, my forehead, and my temples...

...remains distinctly there.

In 20 years... one except my wife has ever cut my hair.

Now I have lost her... hair will continue to grow.

Who will cut it now?

Mr Tsumura emerges...

...holding firmly onto the ashes of his late wife.

It's been three days since he viewed the body in Yamagata.

Kei Tsumura:
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'Why did it have to be her and not me?'

'Kei Tsumura'


A burned out celeb posing as a great writer.

I thought he was a food critic.






There were no mechanical problems with the engine, brakes, or steering.

We know of nothing that would have made the bus unsafe.

Mr Sakai had years of experience driving on show-covered roads...


Who gives a shit about that!

Calm down!

Just give me back my wife, damn it!

My life's a wreck!

Put it back like it was!

Put it back!


We didn't come to hear how it's not your fault!

Put yourself in our place!

It's inevitable that things will get emotional...

...given the state of mind of everybody involved.

But in terms of this being an unimaginably bitter experience...

...both sides are equal in this...


So the question is how to create a constructive dialogue...

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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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