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Letters From Iwo Jima

(2006)

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Letters From Iwo Jima

Plot

Released during the same year as Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima describes the Battle of Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective. The main characters are General Tadamichi Kuribayashi and Private First Class Saigo. Private First Class Saigo has been conscripted into the Imperial Army and thinks that the Japanese should let the Americans have Iwo Jima. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is the commander of all Iwo Jima and plans the defense of the island against the forthcoming attack. Without naval support, Tadamichi orders tunnels dug - in his view, the Japanese's only hope of survival.

The lone Japanese survivor of the battle, Saigo escapes Mount Suribachi and disobeying General Tadamichi's orders, burries the "Letters from Iwo Jima".

The film enjoyed substantial international success, especially in Japan, for its accurate depiction of Japanese society during the 1940s.


Trivia
  • The film was originally called: Red Sun, Black Sand.
  • The only character to appear in both Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima is Charles W. Lindberg, played by Alessandro Mastrobuono.
  • The filmmakers had to be given special permission from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to film on Iwo Jima, because more than 10,000 missing Japanese soldiers still rest under its soil.
  • The battleship USS Texas (BB-35), which was used in closeup shots of the fleet also participated in the actual attack on Iwo Jima.
  • The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards.

Cast
General Kuribayashi
Saigo
Baron Nishi
Shimizu
Lieutenant Ito
Lieutenant Fujita
Captain Tanida
Nozaki
Kashiwara
Lieutenant Okubo
Hanako
Admiral Ohsugi
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Ken Watanabe
Kazunari Ninomiya
Tsuyoshi Ihara
Ryo Kase
Shido Nakamura
Hiroshi Watanabe
Takumi Bando
Yuki Matsuzaki
Takashi Yamaguchi
Eijiro Ozaki
Nae
Nobumasa Sakagami

Credits
Producer
Director
Music
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Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Kyle Eastwood


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