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Love Letter

Love Letters: Four Films by Shunji Iwai

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December 9, 2022
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7:00 pm
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Love Letter

Two years after the tragic loss of her fiancé, heartbroken Hiroko (played by pop idol Miho Nakayama) composes a letter, addressing it to his childhood home. As fate would have it, Hiroko’s “letter to heaven” is received by a former junior high classmate (also played by Nakayama) who shares his name, setting into motion a correspondence reveling in the quiet ruminations of the past. Unapologetic in its soft-focus lyricism, Iwai’s feature debut brims with flowing emotion, crafting a lovelorn tale of what might have been. A beautifully constructed melodrama, Love Letter evokes an intoxicating romanticism of lost love, recollection and grief—all amid a picaresque wintry setting.

Dir. Shunji Iwai, 1995, 117 min., DCP, Color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Miki Sakai. 


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$15 General Admission / $10 Members
$12 Seniors and Students
$10 Person with Disability

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Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.