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.
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