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The Letter (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.5 out of 10 (2)

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"How are you my brother? This is my last letter to you."

Based on a work by renowned Naoki prize-winning author Higashino Keigo, Tegami, a.k.a Letter, is a tale of brotherhood and reconciliation, presenting the aftermath of violent crime from a perspective rarely covered in film - the perpetrator's family. Perhaps best known for his leading performance in the film Train Man, Yamada Takayuki, who also appeared in the drama adaptation of Higashino's Byakuyako, takes on a completely different kind of role in Tegami. Yamada stars as a troubled young man who faces scorn and ostracism because of the crimes of his older brother, sensitively portrayed by Tamayama Tetsuji (Heaven's Bookstore). Rising actress Sawajiri Erika (1 Litre no Namida), continuing her effortless conquest of Japanese entertainment, plays Yamada's love. Jiro Shono, director of such popular TV dramas as Beautiful Life, helms his first feature film in 16 years, and Tegami reflects that restrained yet sentimental quality familiar to Japanese dramas, with a second half that may elicit more than a few drops of tears.

Twenty-year-old Naoki (Yamada Takayuki) lives in the shadow of his brother (Tamayama Tetsuji), who is serving a prison sentence for murder. With his brother imprisoned, Naoki continues to work hard to support himself, but the life he knows has abandoned him. Carrying the cross of being a "murderer's brother", Naoki is constantly discriminated against at work and by his neighbors. Shutting himself away from other people, Naoki slowly begins to resent his brother, and stops returning his letters. But his brother continues to write to him, adding to Naoki's anger. During these difficult times, the only light that shines for him is Yumiko (Sawajiri Erika), who helps him remember the dreams he has given up.

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Product Title: The Letter (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 手紙 (DVD) (台灣版) 手纸 (DVD) (台湾版) 手紙 (DVD) (台湾版) The Letter (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: Tegami Tegami Tegami Tegami Tegami
Artist Name(s): Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Sawajiri Erika (Actor) | Tamayama Tetsuji (Actor) | Fukikoshi Mitsuru | Fukiishi Kazue | Sugiura Naoki | Kazama Morio | Onoue Hiroyuki 山田孝之 (Actor) | 澤尻英龍華 (Actor) | 玉山鐵二 (Actor) | 吹越滿 | 吹石一惠 | 杉浦直樹 | 風間杜夫 | 尾上寬之 山田孝之 (Actor) | 泽尻英龙华 (Actor) | 玉山铁二 (Actor) | 吹越满 | 吹石一惠 | 杉浦直树 | 风间杜夫 | 尾上宽之 山田孝之 (Actor) | 沢尻エリカ (Actor) | 玉山鉄二 (Actor) | 吹越満 | 吹石一恵 | 杉浦直樹 | Kazama Morio | 尾上寛之 Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Sawajiri Erika (Actor) | Tamayama Tetsuji (Actor) | Fukikoshi Mitsuru | Fukiishi Kazue | Sugiura Naoki | Kazama Morio | Onoue Hiroyuki
Director: Shono Jiro 生野慈朗 生野慈朗 生野慈朗 Shono Jiro
Release Date: 2007-08-10
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 122 (mins)
Publisher: Himalaya Records Corporation (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004956478

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導演︰生野慈郎
Director: Jiro Shono

武島直貴(山田孝之飾演),20歲,本應享受生活,可惜卻與四周格格不入的青年,他總是迴避眾人目光。

他的哥哥剛志(玉山鐵二飾演),為了要幫直貴湊大學學費而闖入民宅偷竊,結果誤殺了人。 在哥哥被判刑入獄後,兩兄弟開始用書信的方式互相聯絡,但直貴也從此背上了「殺人犯的弟弟」的身份。

「有哥哥的存在,我就沒有人生。」就這樣,直貴活在社會的歧視之中而開始自暴自棄,直到由美子(澤尻英龍華飾演)的出現,才使得他在絕望之中得到解救。 但是,當他僅保有的唯一的幸福受到威脅的時候,直貴下定決心,要從這樣的束縛之中解脫。解開這個不祥的「書信」的枷鎖......

"How are you been?" Tsuyoshi's letter is delivered one each month to his younger brother, Naoki. Tsuyoshi is serving a life term in prison for the crime that he had committed to save his brother. But the crime's aftereffect extends to Naoki, and, branded as a "murderer's brother." Naoki is deprived of his love, career and dream. His desperate situation gradually changes when he fund true love with Yumiki, who always stands by him. To protect the love that he has finally found, Naoki begins writing a letter to Tsuyoshi......

The touching story of a man who was powerless against his irreversible fate, but still tried to overcome it in the quest for his dream.
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.5 out of 10 (2)

Joyce
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June 15, 2008

This customer review refers to The Letter (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Good...if it were convincing Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I am a HUGE Tamayama Tetsuji fan, so as soon as I saw him on the cover of this movie, I HAD to watch it. No questions asked.

I read several positive reviews on this title, so I expected good things. To my disappointment, it was much like Crying Out Love (Sekai no Chuusin...). The action was SO slow that the potential emotional qualities were washed away. In fact, the pace was so slow, I stopped watching the middle bit and fast forwarded to the ending.

I found the story to be a good one. Sad story about family, making peace, desperado, and redemption (as mentioned in the review before me). The ending was really the best part though.

I found Takayuki's acting to be sterile, monotone, and unconvincing. His "comedy acts" were pitiful, and I didn't find him CONVINCING AT ALL as his character. Tamayama (despite my biases) stole the spotlight whenever he appeared on screen. You could see his guilt, his regret, his loss in his eyes--he was what made the film emotional to watch.

Overall, great story, but poorly executed possibly because of poor casting and a very slow pace.
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November 8, 2007

This customer review refers to Tegami (Letter) Standard Edition (Japan Version)
Tale of redemption and family Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
A very spellbinding film about the impact of criminal behavior that goes beyond the act of crime. This film depicts the price of stigma of having a family member of an inmate in prison for murder. This film does not preach the right or wrong of the crime and instead ask "Is it all right to discriminate or stigmatize a family or members of a family, who are associated by no choice of their own with a criminal". Do we need to punish the convict and his/her family? Although set in Japan, this story has some universal theme of social stigma, redemption, family, and finding your own identity.

Society is very unkind, yet there are brief moments of inspiration and kindness that makes these individuals go on. Takayuki Yamada does great job in his role as Naoki. Erika Sawajiri is really a talented actress, although her rating has gone down considerably. Highly recommended film. For contrast, It should be watched together with Korea's "Maundy Thursday".
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