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Koibumi
Love Letter 


Japonsko 1985  |   director: Kumashiro Tatsumi  |   screenplay: Takada Jun, Kumashiro Tatsumi

theme: Renjō Mikihiko  |   camera: Yamazaki Yoshihiro  |   music: Inoue Takayuki  |   stars: Hagiwara Ken’ichi, Baishō Mitsuko, Takahashi Keiko, Kobayashi Kaoru





A spontaneous and youthfully careless painter and teacher Shōichi lives an ordinary family life with his rational wife Kyōko and a small son. One day however his old love Etsuko returns to his life – she is seriously ill however and has only a few months of life left. The idyllic family life, which was already beginning to have cracks because of Shōichi’s juvenile inclination to conflict and non-conformity, falls apart, when he decides to relieve Etsuko’s ordeal by taking care of her. An award-winning adaptation of a Renjō Mikihiko’s novel shows partner relationships, conflicts and compromises in an unusual light. The intimate drama builds on the main protagonists’ strength and in large part on the spellbindingly natural acting of Baishō Mitsuko in the role of Kyōko.




Kumashiro Tatsumi (1927 – 1995)


Kumashiro Tatsumi is one of the leading authors of a genre known as romanporuno, erotic flicks produced in the 70’s by one of the largest Japanese studios Nikkatsu. His first own film after many years of work as an assistant director was Kaburitsuki Jinsei (Front Row Life, 1968). The film flopped and Kumashiro left to work for television. He returned to Nikkatsu a few years later, when the studio facing a bankruptcy completely re-oriented to produce erotic films. Already one of his first films of the genre, Ichijō Sayuri: Nureta Yokujō (Ichijo's Wet Lust, 1972), became a box-office hit. Kumashiro in his romanporuno films focused on strong female characters and used their sexuality as a tool to build their profiles. Among films recognized by Japanese as well as international critics are his essay about geishas Yojōhan Fusuma no Urabari (A Man and a Woman Behind the Fusuma Screen, 1973), a playfully physical Akasen Tamanoi: Nukeraremasu (Street of Joy, 1974), a self-reflecting look behind the scenes of erotic movie-making Kurobara Shōten (Black Rose Ascension, 1975) and Akai Kami no Onna (Woman with Red Hair, 1979), which ranked among the top ten films of that year in the Kinema Junpō magazine. After the decline of erotic movie production due to the competition of video, Kumashiro’s film making declined as well. His less numerous films were of more varied genres, but still concentrated abundantly on physical side.

 

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