Love Letter (HKIFF46)

Genre
SPECIAL PROGRAMME
Release Date
24 Aug 2022 (Wed)
Category
--- (HK), ---(Macau)
Running Time
98 Minutes
Language
Japanese / Chinese and English Subtitle
Director
Tanaka Kinuyo
Cast
Mori Masayuki, Kuga Yoshiko, Kagawa Kyoko
Synopsis
Tanaka Kinuyo’s first directorial work offered a nuanced and honest portrait of women living in post-war Japan. The script by Kinoshita Keisuke follows a melancholic naval veteran, who takes a job writing love letters from Japanese girls to their faithless foreign lovers, only to find his childhood sweetheart among the “polluted” souls. Tanaka takes a sympathetic look at women’s internalised sense of shame, while casting a critical eye on the patriarchal hypocrisy of placing women on a moral pedestal.

Tanaka Kinuyo’s first directorial work offered a nuanced and honest portrait of women living in post-war Japan. The script by Kinoshita Keisuke follows a melancholic naval veteran, who takes a job writing love letters from Japanese girls to their faithless foreign lovers, only to find his childhood sweetheart among the “polluted” souls. Tanaka takes a sympathetic look at women’s internalised sense of shame, while casting a critical eye on the patriarchal hypocrisy of placing women on a moral pedestal.

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