Love Letter (Japanese Movie 1995)



Watanabe Hiroko’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 the dead Itsuki, but from a woman with the same name whom had known Hiroko’s fiancé in school. A relationship develops between the two women as they continue to exchange letters and share memories of the dead Itsuki.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

It’s one of those bittersweet films that would leave you crying by the ending credits and probably say… “Damn, that was such a beautiful film.”

I said that and will say it again.

Love Letter is a beautiful film with a wonderful setting and a pretty convincing plot. Though it was confusing at first due to flashbacks and some dialogues, I finally got to understand what was going on after getting into the latter half of the movie. Once I got my confusion out of the way, that unsettling feels inside my chest ceased to exist and only that wonderful feeling of going back to the days of high school innocence and pure love remained.

The film was very simple, not too dramatic or mind boggling. It didn’t even have any proper CG effects to make the cinematography better (since this is an old film and was released during the 90’s) but it will show you extremely good actors, great story in the background and a really nice soundtrack to come along with everything. It also has this softness that has melancholy written all over the storyline but the sweetness seeps in with everything until it’s late to realize that you’re caught up with the story and would want more.

This left me weeping at the end but made me feel good at the same time. It surely made me want to recommend it to everyone.


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