Maybe a bit too melodramatic and mainstream tasting Shunji Iwai film
to suit me, but OK with great acting from the cast, and then especially
perhaps from the lovely Zhou Xun and Zhang Zifeng. Strangely enough
this film made me think of the 2016 Chinese film Soul Mate by Derek
Tsang based on the writings of Annie Baby - Qinshan with the flashback
to school years and a triangle drama, just like in this film but with
older actors. So this film, Last Letter, feels like a mix of "Soul
Mate (Qi yue yu an sheng)" and Iwai's early 1990's Hit "Love
The film starts with the funeral of Yuan Zhinan and
her sister Yuan Zhihua (Zhou Xun) finds a letter and
an invitation to a school reunion.
Zhihua goes to the school reunion, Class of 88, and everyone there thinks
she's her older and dead sister Zhinan.
Yin Chuan (Qin Ho) a writer asks her if she has read his novel and if
she remembers him. She doesn't tell him that she's not Zhinan, and after
changing phone numbers they part. Immediately after he texts her "If
i say i've never stopped loving you, will you believe me?"
Zhihua, who's married to a jealous husband, starts writing
letters to Yin Chuan telling him about everything that happens to, and
Then we have the flashbacks to the 1980's with young Zhihua played by
Zhang Zifeng, Zhinan by Deng Enxi and Yin Chuan by Bian Tianyang
and with Zhihua used to that everyone's falling in love with her beautiful
older sister, including the young Yin Chuan.
The young and plain Zhihua was in love with Yin Chuan, without him noticing
But, Zhinan was in love with and married a Bad guy, who left her and
she committed suicide. Yin Chuan wrote his first novel titled Zhinan
A bit too sugary maybe, not as stringently directed
as usual, but still an OK melodrama about sad love and lost opportunities.
Like Life, the
one you love loves someone else, why didn't i call her, talk to her?
Is it too late now, maybe .... NO, loser, that was 30 years ago, forget
This Hong Kong DVD presents the film in anamorphic widescreen
with a mandarin audio 5.1 DTS-ES or 5.1 DD with english subtitles
Extra: Theatrical trailer, Making Of featurette 6 minutes without subtitles
and a photo gallery