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Love Letter (1995)

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

Director:

Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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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 Katsuyuki Shinohara ... Female itsuki's grandfather
Miki Sakai Miki Sakai ... Itsuki Fujii as a young girl
Takashi Kashiwabara ... Male itsuki fujii
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Abekasu
Emiko Nagata Emiko Nagata ... Harumi
Kaori Oguri Kaori Oguri ... Suzumi
Naoki Gotô Naoki Gotô ... Ootomo
Toshiya Sakai Toshiya Sakai ... Driver
Keiichi Suzuki Keiichi Suzuki ... Male itsuki's father
Tomorô Taguchi ... Female itsuki's father
Hiroshi Kanbe 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When I Close My Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Nobeyama, Japan See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 shaudey_nSee 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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