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Love Letter reminds me of many Mitsuru Adachi manga I loved as a kid. Without using background music, director Shunji Iwai relies simply on dialogue and the overall mood of the movie to make Love Letter memorable. What is behind this mood is a pure love story that will hit you similar to watching a giant story twist from another movie. There is no wonder Shunji Iwai is so revered in Japan, there is magic behind what seems like a bland and stationary movie.
Nowadays I'm generally not in the mood to watch things that involve death but I liked Love Letter immensely - it was handled with a very light touch. Haven't seen a Japanese movie in a while and was missing it. Beautiful movie. Loved the actors and this was Takashi Kashiwabara's first movie before Itazura na Kiss. The adult characters were mature. Miho Nakayama did a great job with her double role and Etsushi Toyokawa stayed just enough in the background to let her shine. The flashbacks showed just the right amount of teen confusion. Just loved it all and kept sniffling.
a story of two women exchanging letters about a man they once knew. sounds pretty boring, but is it? nope, infact it's quite the opposite. shunji iwai told this story in rather unique manner: thru each and every letters exchanged by these two women which unravelled the rest of the narrative. a beautiful feelgood-ish little film by the masterful director.
An Asian (Japanese) popular cult movie in the 1990s. Local film critics called it [La Double Vie De Veronique] from Japan. I got quite confused by its complicated story back then, I still think the beginning is a little bit confusing rewatching it today; & the Itsuki Fujii's sickness part at the end is over-detailed as well. Shunji Iwai's script however is so very delicate & impressive, if still not great & concise enough. The two young Itsuki Fujiis' part is simply enchanting.