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

Now we go to the Culture team with author Kei Tsumura.

Ten seconds.

Now let's see Mr Tsumura's answer.

'Nue'. Correct.

What is 'Nue'?

An evil spirit from ancient Japanese legend.

A mixture of various animals, tiger, monkey, and snake.

The hero Yorimasa kills it in 'The Tale of the Heike'.

Turn that shit off.

Why? I'm watching it.

You just think I'm showing off.

No, I'm not.

I didn't know anything about Nue.


Careful! You're drunk.

No, I'm not.

Oh, a man phoned today who said he was in grade school with you.

He called you 'Sachio'.

About some NPO event.

Your mother gave him our number.

Why didn't she just give him my manager's number?

You don't know him?

Yeah, I know him.

I haven't seen him since I came to Tokyo.

We played together at recess, so we're still buddies?

If he still thinks that, then he's a fan of yours.

I wonder.

He just wants to use me.

Just say 'hello' from now on when you answer the phone, OK?


I'm not supposed to say 'Kinugasa'?

Don't call me by my real name...

Like you did when my publishers were here the other day.

Don't call me 'Sachio'.

I called you 'Sachio'?

I don't think I did.

Four times.

You were counting?

You were deliberately trying to embarrass me.

Embarrass you?

I've always called you that.

Even before you'd written a book.

Meaning I shouldn't forget when you were supporting me?

My dignity might not concern you...


...surely your dignity is made of sterner stuff than that.

You try living with the same name as the 'iron man' of Japanese baseball.

It makes me sound like an imitation of the real Sachio Kinugasa.

You're not a ballplayer.

Lots of people have the same names as living legends.

And have you ever lived with the same name as a legend?

Have you?



So you wouldn't understand.

I don't want sympathy.

I don't really like myself anyway.

Don't talk like that.

I like 'Kinugasa', and 'Sachio' is a great name.

When we got married I was glad to be rid of plain old 'Tanaka'.

Forget the good old days.

I guess so.


Yep. Perfect.

Will you make it?

I sure hope so.

Oh, my suit for tomorrow...


It's hanging in the bedroom.



Could you take care of things here?

I was going to.

MOTOKI Masahiro


How are you!

How's Sachio?

I was worried.


Come in.

FUJITA Kenshin




Of all the people I've heard at the Blue Note in Aoyama...

...he's one of the best.

It's like the vocals ring out louder and louder.





Directed by


The blizzard has closed the national route.


Extreme caution is urged in eastern areas.

The storm is also affecting air traffic.

33 flights in the Obihiro region have been canceled.

It's freezing!

Your call cannot be taken at the moment.

You're not picking up?

I never do.

Why not?

It's a pain in the ass.

Who knows what they'll want?

You're self-conscious.

No, I'm not.

Change the channel.

I'm watching this.

I'm at the scene.

A ski tour bus on the way to Misawamura Hot Spring...

... went through a guardrail on a downhill curve...

...and went down the cliff into the frozen lake.

That'd be cold!

You're cold.


That might be your wife.

I doubt it.

'I got here all right.

Are you being a good boy?'

'Hi, honey. Did you sleep well?

'How's the front-desk clerk?

Is he worth hitting on?'

Tell her that.

No. You answer.

Shall I?

Go ahead. See what happens.

Where is she?


You didn't ask?


Be this the home of Natsuko Kinugasa?

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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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