• Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

Letters From Iwo Jima

Release Date: December 20th, 2006

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2007

R |2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

Long-buried missives from the island reveal the stories of the Japanese troops who fought and died there during World War II. Among them are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker; Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), an Olympic champion; and Shimizu (Ryô Kase), an idealistic soldier. Though Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) knows he and his men have virtually no chance of survival, he uses his extraordinary military skills to hold off American troops as long as possible.

Cast: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryô Kase, Shido Nakamura, Yuki Matsuzaki, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros., Malpaso Company, DreamWorks SKG

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Soldier, Intense, 1940s, Death, Survival, Fall, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The view taken by Clint Eastwood, directing from Iris Yamashita's exemplary screenplay, is elegiac, but -- and this is remarkable, given the nature of the production and the sweep of his ambition -- not at all didactic. He lets the film speak for itself, and so it does -- of humanity as well as primitive rage and horror on both sides of the battle.

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Now Eastwood turns on a dime and tackles not just his first war movie but two war movies of considerable scope and complexity. If he doesn't nail everything perfectly, he nevertheless has created a vivid memorial to the courage on both sides of this battle and created an awareness in the public consciousness at a most opportune moment about how war feels to those lost in its fog. show more

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Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Sound Editing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture