1995   Japan Love Letter
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Director:Shunji Iwai
Studio:Fuji Television Network
Writer:Shunji Iwai
IMDb Rating:7.6 (3,615 votes)
Awards:14 wins & 3 nominations
Duration:117 min
Location:Japan: Kobe
Shunji Iwai  ...  (Director)
Shunji Iwai  ...  (Writer)
Miho Nakayama  ...  Itsuki Fujii / Hiroko Watanabe
Etsushi Toyokawa  ...  Akiba Shigeru
Bunjaku Han  ...  Female itsuki's mother
Katsuyuki Shinohara  ...  Female itsuki's grandfather
Miki Sakai  ...  Itsuki Fujii as a young girl
Takashi Kashiwabara  ...  Male itsuki fujii
Ken Mitsuishi  ...  Abekasu
Emiko Nagata  ...  Harumi
Kaori Oguri  ...  Suzumi
Naoki Gotô  ...  Ootomo
Toshiya Sakai  ...  Driver
Keiichi Suzuki  ...  Male itsuki's father
Tomorowo Taguchi  ...  Female itsuki's father
Hiroshi Kanbe  ...  Haruo
Mariko Kaga  ...  Male itsuki's mother
Kumi Nakamura  ...  Hamaguchi, teacher
Sansei Shiomi  ...  Kajioyaji
Ranran Suzuki  ...  Sanae Oikawa
Noboru Shinoda  ...  Cinematographer
Remedios  ...  Composer
Shunji Iwai  ...  Editor
Comments: Starts off a little confusingly with a woman who has two different names, and lives in two different towns at the same time and writes letters to herself. Soon it makes sense. This has one of the best onscreen kisses I've seen in a while, but the kissing guy turns out to be such a patronizing douchebag I couldn't allow him in my life for another second. The girl was too meek, and I don't like these Japanese movies where women put up with douchebags for no reason. I'm surprised at how manipulative and icky the film is. The music sucks. I thought Shunji Iwai was one of the sensitive, enlightened urban male types. Punt.

Summary: 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 her dead husband, but from a woman also named Itsuki whom had known Hiroko's husband in school. A relationship develops between the two women as they continue to exchange letters and share memories of the dead Itsuke.

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