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On Our Screens: Love Letter (1995)

Movie: Love Letter

Year: 1995

Country: Japan

Director: Shunji Iwai

Starring: Miho Nakayama

Review: Itsuki Fujii died in a mountaineering accident. Two years later, after attending his memorial service, Itsuki’s fiance’s Hiroko Watanabe enters the room of his Kobe home and finds a high school photo album, in which the names of students and their addresses are listed.

Itsuki’s mother, Ashiyo Fujii, explains that Itsuki spent his junior high school in Otaru, Hokkaido, but the house they used to live has been torn down. Now, a highway is said to have built over where the house once was.

In a romantic impulse, Hiroko searches for the address against the name of Itsuki from the album and with that address, she writes the deceased Itsuki a letter. She imagines that the letter will somehow deliver her love and memory for her fiance to heaven.

The story opens a new page when, to her surprise, Hiroko receives a reply signed “Itsuki Fujii.”

“Love Letter” is that perfect package of past mistakes, opportunities missed . . . and love, adolescent or otherwise.

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Rating (one to five whistles, five being the best): Four Whistles

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How to Watch: Veoh.com

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