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Love Letter (1995)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 July 1998 (USA)
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When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Miho Nakayama ...
Itsuki Fujii / Hiroko Watanabe
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Akiba Shigeru
Bunjaku Han ...
Female itsuki's mother
Katsuyuki Shinohara ...
Female itsuki's grandfather
Miki Sakai ...
Itsuki Fujii as a young girl
Takashi Kashiwabara ...
Male itsuki fujii
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Abekasu
Emiko Nagata ...
Harumi
Kaori Oguri ...
Suzumi
Naoki Gotô ...
Ootomo
Toshiya Sakai ...
Driver
Keiichi Suzuki ...
Male itsuki's father
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Female itsuki's father
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Haruo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariko Kaga ...
Male itsuki's mother
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Storyline

Hiroko Watanabe's fiancé Itsuki died two years earlier in a mountain climbing accident. While looking through his high school yearbook, Hiroko in a fit of grief decides to write a letter to him using his old school address. Surprisingly she receives a reply, not from the dead Itsuki, but from a woman with the same name whom had known Hiroko's fiancé in school. A relationship develops between the two women as they continue to exchange letters and share memories of the dead Itsuki. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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SGD 54,500 (Singapore) (10 September 1999)
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Scenes set in Kobe were actually shot in Otaru. Kobe gets very little snow, whereas Otaru being farther north (on the island of Hokkaido) gets considerable snowfall. In the scene under the opening credits of the film, Hiroko walks through deep snow to a group of houses downhill. She actually starts walking along the lowermost portion of a ski run on Mt. Tengu that terminates in the street where the houses are found. Otaru stretches out below the houses, with Ishikari Bay of the Sea of Japan on the horizon. See more »

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Male itsuki fujii: [Checking out books from the female Itsuki in the school libray. The male Itsuki holds up five checkout cards that he has been the first to sign like a poker hand. He speaks in English] Fujii Itsuki straight flush.
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beautiful, potentially confusing
12 December 2005 | by (North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

This love story begins with a memorial service for Watanabe Hiroko's ex-boyfriend, Fujii Itsuki. Although he has been dead for a year, it still feels awkward when the dead ex-boyfriend's best friend begins to flirt with Watanabe. Around this time, she decides to send a letter to the old Fujii residence, despite having been demolished for highway construction.

I think it's essential for anybody who watches this film to realize that after this point, a second character is introduced who is played by the same actress who plays Watanabe Hiroko. She has a cold when making her first appearance, so this is the best means of distinguishing between the two characters, besides their respective settings.

The love story is very culturally Japanese (modern), with the natural reactions of the characters representing very accurately current gender roles and attitudes in Japan. I believe however the story's beauty can be easily appreciated worldwide.


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