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The Letters (2006)

Tegami (original title)
How have you been? Takeshi's letter is delivered one each month to his younger brother, Naoki. Takeshi is serving a life term in prison for the crime that he had committed to save his ... See full summary »

Director:

Jirô Shôno

Writers:

Keigo Higashino (novel), Teruo Abe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takayuki Yamada ... Naotaka Takeshima
Erika Sawajiri ... Yumiko Shirai
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Takashi Takeshima
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Asami Nakajo
Hiroyuki Onoue Hiroyuki Onoue ... Yusuke Terao
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Tadao Ogata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mina Hara Mina Hara
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru
Mitsuko Ishii Mitsuko Ishii
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Tadao
Susumu Kobayashi Susumu Kobayashi
Sachiko Matsuura Sachiko Matsuura
Kazuyuki Matsuzawa Kazuyuki Matsuzawa
Naoki Sugiura Naoki Sugiura ... Hirano
Toshie Takada Toshie Takada
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Storyline

How have you been? Takeshi's letter is delivered one each month to his younger brother, Naoki. Takeshi is serving a life term in prison for the crime that he had committed to save his brother. But the crime's aftereffect extends to Naoki, and, branded as a "murderer's brother," Naoki is deprived of his love, career and dream. His desperate situation gradually changes when he finds true love with Yumiko, who always stands by him. To protect the love that he has finally found, Naoki begins writing a letter to Takeshi - The touching story of a man who was powerless against his irreversible fate, but still tried to overcome it in the quest for his dream.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 April 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Letter See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,260,214
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A modern masterpiece
19 November 2007 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

Tegami is about the struggles of Nao (Yamada Takayuki) whose brother (Tamayama Tetsuji) was convicted for murder. In an extremely civilized country like Japan, only people with really twisted minds are considered to be capable of murder. This movie follows the obstacles and challenges Nao faces because he shares his blood with a murderer, with help of a friend Yumiko (Sawajiri Erika) in the span of approximately 10 years. The title "Tegami" (The Letters) comes from the letters Nao and his brother exchange over these years.

Yamada Takayuki and Tamayama Tetsuji's acting were extremely good in this film, Tegami is worth watching just for Tamayama's scene in the very end. This movie is beautifully directed with perfect background music.

Out of about 80 Japanese films I've seen so far, Tegami has the best ending scene of all. I don't expect everyone to cry, but your heart is frozen if it doesn't at least touch you, especially if you understand Japanese. I personally got goosebumps as soon as Oda Kazumasa's timeless masterpiece, "Kotoba ni Dekinai" started playing. This is a movie that deals with contemporary issues and problems in Japan. Definitely a must-watch movie of 2006.


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