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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.

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Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miho Nakayama ... Itsuki Fujii / Hiroko Watanabe
Etsushi Toyokawa 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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Drama | Romance

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Was the highest-grossing Japanese film in South Korea, except Japanese animation. 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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A warm drama with a cool twist-in-the-end.
8 December 2000 | by papahanSee all my reviews

This is definitely the best drama I have ever seen in my life. I must admit that i am not a big drama fan but this film just blew me away. It is more than a drama...it is very, very romantic without being sappy and it also has a small mystery subplot which is very, very intriguing.

The film starts out very slowly, leisurely in a snail pace but give it time. By the end of teh first act, you'll be hooked till the subtle twist-in-the-end (more on that later).

The film reminds me alot of The Double Life Of Veronique as it uses the same concept of having the two protagonists being played by the same actress. I've watched both and though Veronique is a masterpiece, this film is a few notches above.

Now the ending of the film is at once touching, intriguing, disturbing and very hard to accept. Some people might have seen it coming early into the film but it caught me off guard. It is not like "Teh Sixth Sense" or "The Usual Suspects" kind of twist ending but it runs along the lines of....man, i can't think of any other film which has this kind of ending. I won't spoil it for you but it involves the two leads and the one "thing" they have in common. Ohh....its tempting to reveal the secret but i won't.

Check this film out. Everything is top notch - direction, script, cinematography, acting, editing and the musical score. Definitely the number one Japanese movie in my favourite film list. I love it...you'll love it too.


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