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Love Letter (1995)

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 Etsushi Toyokawa ... Akiba Shigeru
Bunjaku Han 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 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

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:

Love Letter See more »

Filming Locations:

Nobeyama, Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Fuji Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the film was shot in the Otaru area on the island of Hokkaido. The only exception among the exterior scenes is near the end of the film as Hiroko faces the mountain where her ex-fiance' Itsuki died in a climbing accident two years earlier. Although the house where she spent the night is actually on Hokkaido, the view from it in the film is of Mt. Yatsugadake. She is standing before it on the Nobeyama Highland at sunrise. Yatsugadake literally means "eight peaks" and the peak she is addressing is named "Aka-dake" or "red peak" which is the highest of the eight peaks at 2896 meters. This volcanic peak lies about 120 kms northwest of Tokyo and is in fact frequented by climbers. There is a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji from the summit. 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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Girlfriend
Written by The Pillows
Performed by Remedios
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Japanese minimalism and eccentricity
30 October 2006 | by uunokailasSee all my reviews

Okay, at first view I had to admit the dialogue and the the intercourse between the people seemed rather incongruous and false, somehow very strange in terms of social relations and interrelations, but, the second time, man it's it just might be Japanese mental setting that differs from the usual Hollywood stuff, still, the Idea, I mean, I'm a Poet and appreciate this kind of playing, that s what I thought, but man, its everything but, its, just so true, and think about it sending a letter to a dead sweetheart, its sentimental but also very true in the poetic sense of the word, and the dualism, the way the persons intertwine, all this is very unwestern and refreshing, since this movie was the directors breakthrough in the west.

And well, in the summer of 2005 I didn't understand this movie, tried to analyze it as I watched, but then at the end when the music started I cried, all thru the credits, it was purifying, a very true experience a very true movie, very touching, very poetic, and VERY Japanese.

The best movie I've seen.


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