Love Letter


New 4K Restoration


Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Jukichi Uno, Kyoko Kagawa,

Kinuyo Tanaka’s impressive directorial debut—made with support and encouragement from mentors Mikio Naruse and Yasujiro Ozu—was based on a popular novel by Fumio Niwa and set just after the end of the American occupation of Japan. Love Letter focuses on a repatriated naval officer, Reikichi (Masayuki Mori), secretly searching for his lost first love in Tokyo. Reikichi finds work with a friend who writes letters for Japanese women asking for support from their American GI boyfriends. Through the prejudiced eyes of the male protagonist, Tanaka shows the stigma suffered by women compelled to engage in transactional affairs. 

—Kate MacKay

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  • Keisuke Kinoshita
Based On
  • a novel by Fumio Niwa

  • Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 98 mins
  • Janus Films