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Love Letter

PG 1995 1h 56m Romance List
Reviews 96% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Despite the years that have passed, Hiroko Watanabe (Miho Nakayama) is still grieving the death of her fiancé, who died unexpectedly while climbing a mountain. When Hiroko discovers her deceased lover's childhood address, she impulsively writes to him, and is shocked to receive a letter in reply. However, the note's author is Itsuki Fujii (also Nakayama), a young woman who shares the same name as Hiroko's late boyfriend. As the two women exchange letters, they begin an unusual relationship. Read More Read Less

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TAKA H First time i watched this movie in high school and didn't quite get it. but when you really had the taste of a first love, a true love, a break up and up and downs in life, when you watched this movie again, you just burst into tears. it's my fav movie of the romance genre of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/28/23 Full Review acsdoug D If you're into sappy and sentimental romance movies you'll probably like this one. I don't, so I didn't. Maybe it's unfair of me to write a review for a movie I was predisposed not to like, but I saw this film on a "Greatest Japanese Movies of All Time" list. I don't think it deserves that kind of accolades. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/21/23 Full Review john f What a little gem of a movie. Awesome score and cinematography. Film is both funny and dramatic. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Love Letter is a film about a young woman who is mourning the loss of the man she loved, so she writes him a letter and mails it to his old address that no longer should exist, and yet she receives an answer back. I think my American film sensibilities took over at that point, and I was expecting some supernatural explanation. While they explain why that happened, something about the presentation of the plot had me convinced something else was going on. The entire time I watched Love Letter, I was waiting for the surprise reveal that would shed light on what was really happening, but it never came. It’s simply not that kind of movie. This is a story looking at love lost and how one relationship can change our lives completely, but nothing more. There are lovely moments in the film, and I quite enjoyed all the flashbacks showing us the history of our characters. One of the plot points in Love Letter is that the two women in the story look somewhat similar, and that was hard for me because it took me some time before I could differentiate them and know which woman I was watching in any given scene. There are context clues that make it obvious, and I got to know their faces better as the film went on, but it started out confusing. My biggest problem was that the story didn’t fit together neatly for me. I feel like there was some kind of symbolic theme for everything, but I must have missed it. From my point of view, it was merely a number of disparate subplots that were all presented in a lovely fashion but didn’t weave together into a single theme as well as I’d like. But there were moments that I found touching, so the overall experience of watching Love Letter was pleasant, just not remarkable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/30/19 Full Review Audience Member This movie is really good at pulling nostalgic heart strings. When I watched "Your Name", it really reminded me of this movie. "Your Name" has to do with time travel. "Love Letter" is about remembrance or travel through memory lane. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Iwai Shunji brings so much beauty and charm to the screen but the romance is always odd and detached Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Despite the years that have passed, Hiroko Watanabe (Miho Nakayama) is still grieving the death of her fiancé, who died unexpectedly while climbing a mountain. When Hiroko discovers her deceased lover's childhood address, she impulsively writes to him, and is shocked to receive a letter in reply. However, the note's author is Itsuki Fujii (also Nakayama), a young woman who shares the same name as Hiroko's late boyfriend. As the two women exchange letters, they begin an unusual relationship.
Director
Shunji Iwai
Screenwriter
Shunji Iwai
Production Co
Fuji Television Network Inc.
Rating
PG (Brief Mild Language)
Genre
Romance
Original Language
Japanese
Box Office (Gross USA)
$1.6K
Runtime
1h 56m