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Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney

The Long Excuse

Unclassified 15+
This film contains mild sexual content and mild use of coarse language.

28 Nov - 4 Dec

Celebrity author Sachio and his supportive wife Natsuko have an amicable marriage that lacks passion. While Natsuko dies in a bus accident, Sachio is in bed with a younger woman. Forced to play the role of a grieving widower in front of media, he is more shocked by his emotional disconnect to her death. Unable to muster any genuine sadness for his wife’s passing, he’s at a loss for how to proceed with his life.

Eventually he meets Yoichi, whose wife perished in the same bus accident. For unfathomable reasons Sachio volunteers to help take care of Yoichi’s children.

Tickets: Full $18.50. Concession $15.50. Member $14.50. Japan Foundation Member 13.
  • The Long Excuse is a touching drama that closely follows its characters and their transformation, prompted by empathy and death.

    Director Miwa Nishikawa, who was mentored by Hirokazu Kore-eda (After the Storm), beautifully orchestrates joy and sadness, creating a film that is emotional but never overbearing. Featuring stellar acting by Masahiro Motoki (star of Departures and The Emperor in August, JFF 2015) as Sachio and Pistol Takehara as Yoichi.

    The screening on Monday 28 November will be followed by a very special Q&A with director Miwa Nishikawa and lead actor Masahiro Motoki.