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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

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Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Iris Yamashita (screenplay), Iris Yamashita (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Watanabe ... General Kuribayashi
Kazunari Ninomiya ... Saigo
Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Baron Nishi
Ryo Kase ... Shimizu
Shidô Nakamura ... Lieutenant Ito (as Shidou Nakamura)
Hiroshi Watanabe ... Lieutenant Fujita
Takumi Bando Takumi Bando ... Captain Tanida
Yuki Matsuzaki ... Nozaki
Takashi Yamaguchi ... Kashiwara
Eijiro Ozaki ... Lieutenant Okubo
Nae ... Hanako
Nobumasa Sakagami Nobumasa Sakagami ... Admiral Ohsugi
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Sam (as Lucas Elliot)
Sonny Saito ... Medic Endo (as Sonny Seiichi Saito)
Steve Santa Sekiyoshi Steve Santa Sekiyoshi ... Kanda
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Storyline

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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From the director of "Flags of our Fathers" comes the completion of the Iwo Jima saga See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic war violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sun, Black Sand See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,097, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$13,756,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,673,228
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

While there was a lack of respect for General Kuribayashi's leadership among some of his senior subordinates his wise leadership dashed the American's hopes of a quick five-day campaign and turned it into a thirty-six day confrontation. The dissatisfaction among these officers was largely due to their outdated methods and histrionic attitudes. Kuribayashi forbade banzai attacks as a needless waste of manpower and, rather than fighting a pitched and brief battle on the beaches, his choice of digging in and making the Americans work to dislodge his men resulted in greater American casualties and tied down a significant amount of American military resources for weeks longer than expected. See more »

Goofs

During the rainstorm about 25 minutes into the movie, several soldiers disembark from a plane. The first soldier's clothing is nice and dry before he steps out into the rain but the second two already have wet jackets, suggesting this was not the first take of this scene. See more »

Quotes

General Tadamichi Kuribayashi: We will build those underground fortifications. And fight till the end.
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Great movie!
12 January 2007 | by movieguy23See all my reviews

Don't listen to the people who call this movie inaccurate or revisionist history.

The movie is accurate. There were people on both sides of the war who at times showed kindness.

Labeling all the Japanese soldiers as people who tortured POWS would be like saying all American soldiers in Vietnam killed and rape innocent Vietnamese. Or all American soldiers in Cuba tortured POWS from the wars in the Middle East. You can't group people together like that.

This movie shows better than any other film that there's really no good guys or bad guys when it comes to war. War is just pointless.

The movie is not supposed to be a documentary so the people who bash it for little details should go rent a documentary if thats what they want to see.

Also, Clint Eastwood deserves major credit for telling both sides of the war. Too many war movies always show the enemy as "heartless monsters" when it reality its never like that.

This is without a doubt the best movie of the year. Make sure you go see it.


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