The Letter

Jiro Shono, 2006 (121m)

The Letter

Since they lost their parents, Takeshi has provided for his younger brother Naoki, and works hard to ensure that his sibling will get to university. But when Takeshi is fired from his job, he is forced to take desperate measures to ensure that his brother’s education will not suffer. He breaks into a house to steal money for Nao’s tuition fees and when the elderly owner interrupts his crime, he accidently kills her. While serving life in prison for murder, Takeshi writes to his brother on a monthly basis, completely unaware that his sibling is struggling to cope too. Branded as the “brother of a killer”, Nao must also deal directly with the consequences of Takeshi’s actions and is “sentenced” to a life of discrimination.

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