The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

18 July to 18 July 2016

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The Letter

手紙 (Tegami)

Tsuyoshi and Naoki are two brothers who have always looked out for each other since they lost their parents. When older brother Tsuyoshi becomes unemployed, he is driven to commit a robbery in order to help Naoki with his university tuition fees and accidently murders. Undergoing a rough life as the brother of a murderer, Naoki begins to despise his sibling for the trouble he caused.

This beautiful and tear-jerking social portrait of the offender’s family shows the toll the act of murder can have on the lives of those surrounding the perpetrator and is based on a novel of the same title by the best-selling writer Keigo Higashino.

人気作家である東野圭吾のベストセラー小説を映画化。弟が大学へ進学するために必要な学費を工面しようと空き巣に入った際に強盗殺人を犯すに至った兄。その兄は、塀の中から弟へと手紙を送り続ける。一方、犯罪者となった兄のせいで、就職や縁談といった人生の様々な岐路で困難に直面することになってしまった弟は、自分の生活を守るべく、ある決意をする。

監督: 生野慈朗
出演: 山田孝之、玉山鉄二、沢尻エリカ

Distributor: GAGA

Image: © 2006 “THE LETTER” Film Partners.

Director: Jiro Shono
Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri, Tetsuji Tamayama
2006, 121 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
16 February 2007

QUAD
16 February 2013

Filmhouse
16 February 2022