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Tegami is an interesting story about two brothers and their relationship. Naotaka Takeshima is the younger brother of Takashi Takeshima, who is convicted of murder. While the murder was accidental, Takashi kills an elderly woman, and is caught and placed in jail. In this society just being related to a criminal is enough for people to convict you as well. This is exactly what Naotaka has to deal with in the film Tegami. Throughout the film we see how Naotaka gets judged and discriminated against in his work as well as his personal life. Tegami also explores the brotherly relationship between Naotoka and Takashi and the strains that incarceration can cause.
Tegami brings up interesting social issues while also telling a captivating story. From start to finish there is always something worthwhile on the screen. The performances throughout are extremely well done. Every character seems to have a story to tell. In this film everything comes together so smoothly.
Another interesting part of this movie is that the subtle attributes of the background music, that is usually ignored in other films, is so well placed that it enhances the mood and adds more depth to scenes. This is especially true in the last scene. The music enhances the mood that is created by the last scene and makes this scene more captivating to watch.
While the film is a drama there is comedy placed throughout. While Naotaka is trying to salvage his life, despite what might happen to his incarcerated brother, Naotaka is also an aspiring stand-up comedian. The comedy is very subtle but is allows the break from the serious mood that would be overwhelming, especially in the final scene.
Overall this film is entertaining from start to finish. With enjoyable performances and a captivating story this makes this film a nice entertainment. Tegami allows for all kinds of audiences to enjoy it. The style of Tegami does not depend on the knowledge of Japanese style films, instead it can be enjoyed by all audiences.
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