The Long Excuse



St. Anthony Main Theatre 1 Sun, Apr 16, 2017 7:00 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 5 Sun, Apr 30, 2017 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women and Film
Tags:Women Directors
Family Drama
Asian Interest
Best of Fest
Voice Category:Take Me Away
Release Year:2016
Runtime:124 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Elle Driver
Director:Miwa Nishikawa
Producer:Takashi Iwamura
Kiyoto Matsui
Shuichi Nagasawa
Asako Nishikawa
Tetsuo Ohta
Akihiko Yose
Ippei Fukuda
Kenji Hamada
Kiyoshi Nishikawa
Hideki Tagami
Masarou Toyoshima
Cinematographer:Yutaka Yamazaki
Screenwriter:Miwa Nishikawa
Editor:Ryuji Miyajima
Composer:Michiaki Katoh
Toshihiro Nakanishi
Principal Cast:Masahiro Motoki
Pistol Takehara
Kenshin Fujita
Eri Fukatsu
Haru Kuroki
Sosuke Ikematsu
Maho Yamada
Filmography:Wild Berries ('03)
Ten Nights of Dreams ('06)
Sway ('06)
Dear Doctor ('09)
Dreams for Sale ('12)


Let it be said that Sachio is an unpleasant man. A once promising writer, he wastes his time arguing on talk shows instead of working, he is having an affair with his editor, and then, when his long-suffering wife is killed in a bus accident, he can barely shed a tear… unless, of course, cameras are on him. At a memorial for the victims of the accident, he is taken aback by the profound grief of a truck driver, Yochi, whose wife—best friends with Sachio’s spouse—was also killed. In a move that surprises even himself, the callous Sachio offers to take care of Yochi’s now motherless children while their father is on the road. Based on the director’s own novel, The Long Excuse is a beautiful, funny, and ultimately heartwarming film that explores the themes of grief and redemption.


”Masahiro Motoki's first big screen leading role since ‘Departures’ is startlingly in subtlety and moving power" - Variety