Films of Kinuyo Tanaka – Love Letter (恋文) [In-Person Only]

This event took place on Jul 21, 2022

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

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Kinuyo Tanaka
1h 38m


(Kinuyo Tanaka, Japan, 1953, 98 min, in Japanese with English subtitles)

Released a year after the American occupation of Japan ended, 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. As adapted from a novel by Fumio Niwa, Love Letter depicts with incisive complexity the fraught adaptation of Japanese soldiers to a changed society as well as the moral condemnation of Japanese women who entered into relations with the enemy.

Synopsis and stills courtesy of Janus Films.

About this series:

Janus Films’ new collection of 4K restorations of Kinuyo Tanaka’s passionate, sensitive work as a director comes to Seattle, presented as a split series between Northwest Film Forum and The Beacon Cinema.


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