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Last Letter

Yuhri (Takako Matsu) has just lost her older sister, Misaki. At Misaki’s funeral, Yuhri learns from Ayumi (Suzu Hirose), Misaki’s daughter who bears a strong resemblance to her mother, about Misaki’s upcoming high school reunion and a letter Misaki wrote to Ayumi. To inform Misaki’s classmates about her death, Yuhri attends the reunion, but everybody mistakes her for her sister, who was the most popular girl in the school. Also at the reunion, Yuhri runs into her first love, Kyoshiro (Masaharu Fukuyama). Although Yuhri misses the opportunity to tell him that she’s not Misaki, they start writing letters to each other. Yuhri continues the correspondence pretending to be Misaki. When one of the letters from Kyoshiro is delivered to Ayumi, she starts tracing Misaki (Suzu Hirose in flashbacks), Yuhri (Nana Mori in flashbacks), and Kyoshiro’s (Ryunosuke Kamiki in flashbacks) bittersweet memories of first love during their high school years. When the letters bring Ayumi and Kyoshiro together, the truth about Misaki’s death is revealed, the past and the present converge, and blocked memories of first love resurface...

  • Shunji Iwai
    Love Letter, Swallowtail Butterfly, Vampire
  • Genki Kawamura
    Weathering with You, Your Name., Rage
  • Takako Matsu
    Key Cast
    "Yuhri Kishibeno"
  • Suzu Hirose
    Key Cast
    "Ayumi Tohno / Misaki Tohno"
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki
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    "Teen - Kyosiro Otosaka"
    Your Name.
  • Masaharu Fukuyama
    Key Cast
    "Adult - Kyosiro Otosaka"
    Like Father, Like Son
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    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    2 hours
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Distribution Information
  • TOHO CO., LTD.
    Country: Japan
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography

Born in 1963, Shunji Iwai’s directing career began in 1988 with commercials, music videos and TV dramas, soon earning him acclaim for his cinematic style and vision, which came to be known as the “Iwai Aesthetic.” In 1995, he scored a huge hit across Asia with Love Letter and in 1996, PiCNiC won him a second consecutive award in the Forum section of the Berlin Film Festival, bringing him to even greater international attention. Swallowtail Butterfly (96) blazed a new trail in movie and music collaboration, and All About Lily Chou-Chou (01) won awards at Berlin and Shanghai. Other major works include Hana and Alice (04), a segment in the omnibus film New York, I Love You (09) and his first English-language film, Vampire (12), which played in competition at Sundance and in the Berlin Panorama section. Iwai’s first feature-length animated film, The Case of Hana & Alice, was invited to the 2015 Annecy Animation Festival. His latest film, A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (16), was released in Hong Kong and Taiwan prior to domestic release in Japan.

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