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Love Letter (1995) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Nakayama Miho (Actor) | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Kashiwabara Takashi (Actor) | Sakai Miki (Actor)
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Director Iwai Shunji achieved massive commercial success with Love Letter, an achingly sentimental and poetic film about love both lost and found. TV drama queen Nakayama Miho stars as Watanabe Hiroko, a young woman who has not yet recovered from the loss of her fiance Fujii Itsuki two years earlier. While visiting Itsuki's mother, she discovers his old yearbook. She writes a short, simple letter to Itsuki and sends it to the demolished school's former address. She doesn't intend for the letter to reach anyone, and instead hopes that the act of writing it will help ease her own pain. But surprisingly, she gets a response! The recipient is another person named Fujii Itsuki, a female who actually went to the same school as Hiroko's fiance. The two women continue to correspond, and the memories they share with one another bring Hiroko ever closer to finding closure. But will she ever recover enough to meet this other Fujii Itsuki? Co-starring popular Japanese actor Toyokawa Etsushi, Love Letter is a heartfelt and utterly affecting motion picture that fully demonstrates Iwai Shunji's masterful ability to bring intimate human emotions to the screen. Set against the picturesque backdrop of rural Hokkaido, Love Letter is a stunningly beautiful and even magical motion picture.
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Product Title: Love Letter (1995) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) 情書 (1995) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 情书 (1995) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) Love Letter (1995) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Love Letter (1995) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Nakayama Miho (Actor) | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Kashiwabara Takashi (Actor) | Sakai Miki (Actor) | Suzuki Ranran (Actor) | Suzuki Keiichi (Actor) | Sakai Toshiya (Actor) | Nakamura Kumi (Actor) | Shiomi Sansei (Actor) | Mitsuishi Ken (Actor) | Mahha Fumiake (Actor) | Osada Emiko (Actor) 中山美穗 (Actor) | 豐川悅司 (Actor) | 柏原崇 (Actor) | 酒井美紀 (Actor) | 鈴木蘭蘭 (Actor) | 鈴木慶一 (Actor) | 酒井敏也 (Actor) | 中村久美 (Actor) | 鹽見三省 (Actor) | 光石研 (Actor) | Mahha Fumiake (Actor) | Osada Emiko (Actor) 中山美穗 (Actor) | 丰川悦司 (Actor) | 柏原崇 (Actor) | 酒井美纪 (Actor) | 铃木兰兰 (Actor) | 铃木庆一 (Actor) | 酒井敏也 (Actor) | 中村久美 (Actor) | 盐见叁省 (Actor) | 光石研 (Actor) | Mahha Fumiake (Actor) | Osada Emiko (Actor) 中山美穂 (Actor) | 豊川悦司 (Actor) | 柏原崇 (Actor) | 酒井美紀 (Actor) | 鈴木蘭々 (Actor) | 鈴木慶一 (Actor) | 酒井敏也 (Actor) | 中村久美 (Actor) | 塩見三省 (Actor) | 光石研 (Actor) | 范文雀 (Actor) | 長田江身子 (Actor) | 梅田凡乃 (Actor) | 篠原勝之 (Actor) | 山口詩史 (Actor) Nakayama Miho (Actor) | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Kashiwabara Takashi (Actor) | Sakai Miki (Actor) | Suzuki Ranran (Actor) | Suzuki Keiichi (Actor) | Sakai Toshiya (Actor) | Nakamura Kumi (Actor) | Shiomi Sansei (Actor) | Mitsuishi Ken (Actor) | Mahha Fumiake (Actor) | Osada Emiko (Actor)
Director: Iwai Shunji 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 이와이 슌지
Writer: Iwai Shunji 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 이와이 슌지
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2017-05-23
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Welcome International Co., LTD (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060026399

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Professional Review of "Love Letter (1995) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

June 3, 2006

This professional review refers to Love Letter (Collector's Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
It has been said that "time heals all wounds." But as director Iwai Shunji's nostalgic Love Letter demonstrates, time isn't always enough to make the grief go away. Sometimes, it takes persistence, caring friends, and maybe a simple twist of fate just to get things moving.

In this elegantly told tale, Nakayama Miho portrays Watanabe Hiroko, a young woman living in Kobe who finds that she still hasn't fully recovered from the loss of her beloved boyfriend, Fujii Itsuki. While meeting with Itsuki's mother on the second anniversary of his death, Hiroko happens upon Itsuki's old junior high yearbook, the one he received back when his family lived far away in Otaru, Hokkaido.

Inside the yearbook, she finds a list of the students' home addresses, and when her former mother-in-law to be is out of the room, she surreptitiously copies her fiancé's old address down on her forearm. However, the old house that the Fujii family lived in has been torn down in the intervening years, all to make room for a freeway. But the lack of a real physical address isn't a problem for Hiroko; it's the symbolism that matters. As such, Hiroko writes a short, simple letter to Itsuki - "Dear Fujii Itsuki. How are you? I am fine. Watanabe Hiroko" - and mails it to the presumably nonexistent address. Sounds like a simple attempt at closure, right? Wrong. Miho soon receives a response - from Fujii Itsuki!

With a plot twist like that, one might guess that Love Letter is about to venture into some heavy-duty sci-fi/fantasy territory. But that's not what happens at all. It seems that Hiroko's letter was delivered to another Fujii Itsuki, a women of about the same age as Hiroko who just so happens to share the same name as her fiancé. This Fujii Itsuki, both creeped out and a little curious about the letter, decides to respond in a similarly ambiguous manner, never revealing that she's actually a woman. So, no, Fujii Itsuki's response isn't a letter from heaven. Even so, there is one thing that remains perplexing about the whole situation. Nakayama Miho also plays the role of the female Itsuki!

Confused? Don't be. It's not a case of alternate realities or magical realism at work here, although there is much magic to behold in the entirety of the elegiac, yet hopeful Love Letter. Still, the stunt casting and resultant resemblance between the two characters is intentional, a secret which will be revealed as the narrative unfolds. Along the way, however, a first clue is given - not only did the two Fujii Itsukis attend the same school, but they were also in the same class and knew each other.

In any case, numerous misunderstandings occur early on in the women's correspondence, but once everything's cleared up, Hiroko's patient boyfriend-in-waiting, Akiba Shigeru (Toyokawa Etsushi), encourages her to leave Kobe and head for Otaru to meet her new pen pal. Shigeru is an old friend of the male Itsuki and hopes that this journey will allow Hiroko to finally get over her grief and give their relationship a chance. But it isn't all about catharsis. As Hiroko searches to know more about Itsuki as a young man, the "other" Itsuki is given a chance to reflect on her own past and exactly what her connection to her male namesake has not only meant to her all these years. What Hiroko and Itsuki find out by story's end marks a new beginning for both of them in vastly different ways.

In taking on her dual roles in this well-regarded film, starlet Nakayama Miho achieves a rare acting feat: she actually steals the movie from herself. The film begins as if it's going to focus on Hiroko and her journey towards some sort of catharsis. But while that plotline is certainly dealt with in a substantive way, the surprise of Love Letter is that it is really the female Itsuki that I found myself gravitating towards despite the dual plot. Not only is she a warmer and more accessible character than Hiroko, but there is much in her story for the audience to discover right along with her, a welcome quality that helps drive the story forward in an immediately engaging way. Nakayama does a stellar job in juggling these two roles, as the two characters never feel like carbon copies. In fact, Nakayama handles her roles so well that sometimes it even feels as if Hiroko and Itsuki were portrayed by two completely different actresses.

Both a commercial and critical success (and with good reason), Love Letter is an earnest, sentimental, and undeniably moving film. Thanks in no small part to the majestic winter vistas of rural Hokkaido, Iwai Shunji's expertly crafted drama amounts to nothing less than a breathtaking, often magical film experience. Although it said that the journey is more important than the destination, Love Letter delivers wholeheartedly in its finale, a small revelatory moment which may just be one of the most memorable, perfectly paced endings in recent film history - and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

by Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "Love Letter (1995) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (24)

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March 27, 2013

This customer review refers to Love Letter (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Beautiful cinematography Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
If you like romantic movies with great story and bit of plot twist, you maybe ends up like this movie like me. Movie pace is a bit slow (seems to be trade mark of japanese movie) but I think that's the power of Japanese drama movie. You may be need to think a bit when you watch this movie.
If you fans of fast paced movie with a lot of action and humor like other type of J-movies or teenage love flick, (or documenter type of movie) you may think this movie is just simple boring.
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October 6, 2008

This customer review refers to Love Letter (Collector's Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
This is a review of the product! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
So let's not mistake this with a review of the film, because I love the film!!

I bought this HK Special Edition because it was the only available when I decided to buy it, and when I opened the DVD, I was quite happy with the printed postcards of the film, as well as the frames from the film~

However, when I played the DVD I noticed that in one scene the subtitles were on the screen when no dialogue was being said. Surprise! It was the following scene. After that scene, there were scattered scenes where there were missing letters in the subtitle (eg. "o" instead of "to") Maybe it's just my copy, or the player I used... who knows, but the fact that a good chunk of dialogue was not where it's supposed to be, tainted my view on the product. Maybe it is like my friend said... Hong Kong releases aren't all that good?
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August 14, 2007

This customer review refers to Love Letter (Japan Version-English Subtitles)
ok I guess Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
It started off really confusing and dull, though the scenery is tranquil and beautiful. I thought I would have to watch it again to make more sense but as you watch on, it became quite clear. In fact, it wraps up nicely in the end but I think the film could have been presented a little more better.
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July 31, 2007

This customer review refers to Love Letter (Collector's Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Warm hearts in a cold country Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Love Letter" starts with a very peculiar premise, but tells its story in a straightforward, unfussy fashion that serves the film well. This now is the fourth film that I've seen from director Iwai Shunji; he is a master at bringing subtle emotions to life on the big screen. His films are beautiful to look at. And it appears that he encourages his actors to be direct and brave in their performances.

This direct approach characterizes the subtle, understated acting from Nakayama Miho in both of her roles in this sentimental, yet soulful tale. Miss Nakayama captivates the viewer not by relying on her exquisite looks, but by exposing the interior lives of her characters.

"Love Letter" is a quiet, thoughtful, heart-tugging little jewel of a film. I highly recommend it.
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April 1, 2007

This customer review refers to Love Letter (Korean Version)
Pilgrimage Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In the beginning of 2007, I saw the movie and soon became "Love Letter" crazy. Last month I made a pilgrimage trip to the sacred place "Otaru" and made HP(ttp:// in order to solve the mystery "Why do I want to see the movie so many times ?" and to clarify the motif and a psychological technique of the movie. I appreciate if you visit the HP and make comments.
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