It is only at their sister's and mother's funeral when a woman meets her niece after many years. The niece is now a grown girl. The sister takes on the task of informing the deceased's ... See full summary »

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Shunji Iwai

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Shunji Iwai
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Credited cast:
Hideaki Anno ... Mr. Kishibeno
Masaharu Fukuyama ... Kyoshiro Otosaka
Suzu Hirose ... Ayumi / Misaki Tono (High School Student)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Kyoshiro Otosaka (High School Student)
Hitoshi Komuro Hitoshi Komuro ... Sensei Shozo Hatoba
Takako Matsu ... Yuri Kishibeno
Keiko Mizukoshi Keiko Mizukoshi ... Akiko Kishibeno
Nana Mori ... Fuka / Yuri Kishibeno (High School Student)
Miho Nakayama
Keiichi Suzuki Keiichi Suzuki
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Ato
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It is only at their sister's and mother's funeral when a woman meets her niece after many years. The niece is now a grown girl. The sister takes on the task of informing the deceased's friends of the death while the daughter cannot bring herself to symbolically accept the demise of her mother. In the midst of all this an old flame messages the sister to say he is still in love with her, but is he messaging the living sister or the dead one? Written by aghaemi

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Takako Matsu previously worked with director Shunji Iwai in 1998 movie "April Story." See more »

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The Good And The Bad Side Of Humanity
4 October 2020 | by john-smith1975See all my reviews

This is a superb film. It is amazing what other parts of the world can achieve on so little a budget, but more on that below.

Last Letter is stylish and sappy at the same time, yet overall is a clear winner that tugs at the heart and does not let go throughout despite the sharp tempo breaks that change focus of the film every thirty minutes. The acting is incredible. The story is original. The girls are beautiful and unlike American ones not into nose rings and tattoos on thunder thighs. They also act incredibly mature, thanks to the script and also because they play younger characters than their age, for teenagers.

A romantic drama, the film centers on what is ostensibly a case of a misrepresentation and mistaken identity wrapped in a fast forward button of many years.It will make you laugh before making you cry and then subsequently making you smile.

As I watched I kept thinking how much Japanese, Chinese, Iranian, South Korean and even Scandinavian films can achieve and deliver while Hollywood is stuck in the mire of sequels, prequels, franchises and universes. Yes, definitely the supply side pushes the commercial offal, but it is also simultaneously embarrassing to see people knowing all the small nuances of MCU! and DCU! no I mean DCEU! and part four and prequel one and 'Oh I Am Subscribed to Disney+ Where I Have Access To 50 Remakes And 60 Sequels And Four Versions Of Beauty & The Beast And Lion King And...' yeah you get the picture. When was the last time people watched a work of art instead of Hollywood accounting balance sheet ploys?

If you are able to break free from Hollywood commercialism and all that watch a film like Last Letter. It has the commercialism you want too, but there is an actual originality and acting capability in it too.


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17 January 2020 (Japan) See more »

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