The Consular Office of Japan in Portland is pleased to support the following film screenings at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF). The PIFF is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 160 international shorts and feature films to Portland.
The Long Excuse
Directed by Miwa Nishikawa
Japan, 2016, 123 mins., Japanese
Celebrated novelist Tsumura is married to Natsuko, but their passion for each other has long disappeared. When she dies in a bus crash, he feels no sadness and has to feign grief in public. To his embarrassment, his calculated displays catch the attention of Omiya, the genuinely devastated husband of another of the crash victims, and Tsumura finds himself mysteriously drawn into the lives of the bereaved man and his two children. Nishikawa’s touching drama, laced with humor, tells the story of a self-centered man who finally finds connection outside himself.
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
Directed by Yôji Yamada
Japan, 2016, 130 mins., Japanese
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son is a heartbreakingly beautiful study of war, love, and family. On August 9, 1948, Nobuko, a midwife in Nagasaki, stands before the grave of the son, Koji, she lost when the atomic bomb was dropped three years earlier. She tells herself, “In that instant, he was gone. It’s time to let him go.” Returning home she is stunned to find Koji waiting for her. His ghostly visits continue, they reminisce over happy times, and gradually Nobuko comes to term with her loss. Meanwhile she watches over Koji’s girlfriend, Machiko, as her life also progresses beyond grief. This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
The Consular Office of Japan at Portland hopes you enjoy these fine films.