Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki) is a popular writer. His wife (Eri Fukatsu) of many years dies in a bus accident. Although they did not love each other, Sachio Kinugasa has to act broken-hearted. Sachio then meets the bereaved family of Yoichi Omiya (Pistol Takehara) and his two children. Yochi Omiya's wife (Keiko Horiuchi) also died in the bus accident and was friends with Sachio Kinugasa's wife. Yochi Omiya works as a truckdriver and he's in despair over his wife's death. Sachio Kinugasa doesn't know why, but he offers to take care of Yochi Omiya's two children.
- Native title: 永い言い訳
- Also Known as: Nagai Iiwake; Long Excuses
Cast & Credits
Based on the novel "Nagai Iiwake" by Miwa Nishikawa (published on February 25, 2015 by Bungeishunju). Although the novel did not win, it was nominated for the 153th Naoki Award in 2015.
The plot is something that deserves attention in this film, the somber reflection of the writer and director Miwa Nishikawa on the tensions of marriage and paternity is punctuated with beautiful existential nuances in "The Long Excuse" that comes to impress.
It is a film that aggregates, mainly on the grounds of catharsis, the film offers a valuable catharsis, not to mention that it makes everything a joy to watch, lending a complex touch of humanity to an unpleasant role that is more involving than it presumably has any right to to be.