• Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

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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: Historical drama, War

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

Distributors: Warner Bros.

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  • Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story). show more

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

  • 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.

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