Koibumi (1953) AKA Love Letter


This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka, who also has a small role in the story. Based on a screenplay by Keinosuke Kinoshita, Koibumi explores the wounds of war, the limits of love and the need to forgive. A sad and troubled man, Reikichi Mayumi finds a new job five years after the end of WWII. He will write love letters for other people, which was not uncommon in post-war times His ideas about love and his personal principles will be tested when he reconnects with his former girlfriend, Michiko, a woman with a dark past marked by war and the further occupation of her country by the US military forces.

Director: Kinuyo Tanaka. AKA Love Letter / 恋文.
Writers: Keisuke Kinoshita, Fumio Niwa (novel).
Stars: Masayuki Mori, Juzo Dosan, Yoshiko Kuga, Jūkichi Uno, Kyōko Kagawa, Shizue Natsukawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Chieko Seki, Ranko Hanai, Chieko Nakakita.
Cinematographer: Hiroshi Suzuki.
Composer: Ichirô Saitô.

1954 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Grand Prize of the Festival.


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  1. Silvia with Tama plates
    September 20, 2023

    Please consider grabbig hold of the 1996 Japanese movie, “Focus.” It has got to be one of the most intruiging, gripping, and suspenseful take on mockumentary and found footage.. 15 years ago, I thought it would catch on and eventually get a cult following worldwide but even now, it’s still as obscure as ever. You couldn’t stream it anywhere, outside of some private trackers providing the movie. Crazy times.

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