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Japanese Film Festival 2017 - The Long Excuse


Fri 15 Sep 2017, 6:30pm–8:45pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: M

Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival is coming to Wellington once again! Due to the festival’s popularity, it will again take place at Paramount Cinema, with plenty of space for the whole family!

In order to attend, please print out or download your free tickets from Eventfinda, and bring them along for entry to the theatre from 6 pm. All movies are preceded by a short documentary about Japanese culture, starting 10 minutes prior to the film’s screening. Seating is not allocated, so come early to secure your favourite spot!

Tickets will be available until 2 hours before the start of the film. After this, you will not be able to register online, but door entry will be available from 6:20 pm if there is space in the theatre.

The Japanese Film Festival 2017 offers entertainment with a mixture of drama, action and comedy that will inspire and engage those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. All movies are free admission, so spread the word and bring along your friends and family! Please register and print or download your free tickets by using Eventfinda’s registration system!

Title: The Long Excuse
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Released: 2016
Running Time: 124 Min
Rated: M

Miwa Nishikawa, writer-director of 'Sway' and 'Dear Doctor' is back with a new work taken from her novel ‘The Long Excuse’, short-listed for the Naoki Prize for popular literature and the first starring role for Masahiro Motoki in the seven years since the Academy Award winning film Departures. A bestselling author discovers the joys of living for others after his wife dies and he spends time with children who have lost their mother.

Bestselling author Sachio Kinugasa’s (Masahiro Motoki) wife Natsuko (Eri Fukatsu) dies in a freak accident. He was cheating on his wife at the time of the accident and has to put on a fake performance as bereaved husband. Sachio meets Omiya (Pistol Takehara), whose wife died in the same accident, and offers to help take care of his children.

The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand

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