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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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 ...
Emiko Nagata ...
Kaori Oguri ...
Naoki Gotô ...
Toshiya Sakai ...
Keiichi Suzuki ...
Male itsuki's father
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Female itsuki's father
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariko Kaga ...
Male itsuki's mother


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 <>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Love Letter  »

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SGD 54,500 (Singapore) (10 September 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Near the end of the film Itsuki recalls the time of her father's funeral in flashback. The music playing under this scene is called "A Winter Story" and begins with a piano solo. The piano for this piece is played by eight year old Yui Makino. See more »


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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3 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As if there are any more comments that need to be written about how great this film was....

Here is another.

There are many factors of the story, and the director(also the writer), Shuji Iwai, tells them beautifully and seamlessly.

Each story could stand on it's own, but in fact it is each story that moves the film.

Though it originally is about Watanabe Hiroko, the character Fujii Itsuki(female) takes over the story to the end.

This is a movie that makes you think about it long after it's over. That's why I bought it. So, I can watch it when ever I want. There are no life lessons to be learned(except maybe listen to the "crazy" grandpa) nor a message to take away from this. Yet, the film grips you until it's finished. Wrapped up in these women's lives and memories, and scenic cinematography that Japanese films are well known for.

In conclusion. I'm still thinking about it.

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