Love Letter

Love Letter

classified 12A S

The Films Of Kinuyo Tanaka


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Kinuyo Tanaka
Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Jûkichi Uno
98 mins, Subtitled, 1953, Japan
Primary language

Released a year after the American occupation of Japan ended, Kinuyo Tanaka’s directorial debut explores the professional and personal conflicts of Reikichi (Masayuki Mori), a repatriated veteran who searches for his lost love (Yoshiko Kuga) while translating romantic letters from Japanese women to American GIs.

Adapted from a novel by Fumio Niwa, Love Letter depicts with incisive complexity of Japanese soldiers returning from war to a changed society, as well as the moral condemnation of Japanese women who entered into relations with the enemy.