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The Long Excuse (2016)

Nagai iiwake (original title)
A recently widowed writer 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.


Miwa Nishikawa


Miwa Nishikawa (screenplay), Miwa Nishikawa (novel)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Masahiro Motoki ... Sachio Kinugasa
Pistol Takehara Pistol Takehara ... Yoichi Omiya
Eri Fukatsu ... Natsuko Kinugasa
Kenshin Fujita Kenshin Fujita ... Shinpei Omiya
Tamaki Shiratori Tamaki Shiratori ... Akari Omiya
Sôsuke Ikematsu Sôsuke Ikematsu ... Shinsuke Kishimoto
Haru Kuroki ... Chihiro Fukunaga
Keiko Horiuchi Keiko Horiuchi ... Yuki, Yoichi's wife
Maho Yamada Maho Yamada ... Teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jiji Bû Jiji Bû
Chikako Hara Chikako Hara
Hideto Iwai Hideto Iwai
Suon Kan Suon Kan
Katsuya Kobayashi Katsuya Kobayashi
Izumi Matsuoka Izumi Matsuoka
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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.

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Watch this because of Koreeda-san
12 January 2020 | by fluffsetSee all my reviews

After watch a lot of movies by Koreeda-san, I wonder if there is any today japanese director who follows his path. Do the same kind of movie. After some intense googling, they lead me to Miwa Nishikawa. Turned out I have watch "Dream for Sale" (2012) before and its not good. So I lower my expectation for this "Long Excuse" and yeah, its good. Its like a rough version of Koreeda's kind of film. Its not smooth but its kind of enjoyable. Make me want to try "Sway" and "Dear Doctor" later but I must know that she is not Koreeda. She is Nishikawa!

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14 October 2016 (Japan) See more »

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