Letters from Iwo Jima [DVD] [2006]

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  • Release Date: 06/01/2010
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Synopsis


Letters from Iwo Jima
After bringing the story of the American soldiers who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima to the screen in his film Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood offers an equally thoughtful portrait of the Japanese forces who held the island for 36 days in this military drama. In 1945, World War II was in its last stages, and U.S. forces were planning to take on the Japanese on a small island known as Iwo Jima. While the island was mostly rock and volcanoes, it was of key strategic value and Japan's leaders saw the island as the final opportunity to prevent an Allied invasion. Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) was put in charge of the forces on Iwo Jima; Kuribayashi had spent time in the United States and was not eager to take on the American army, but he also understood his opponents in a way his superiors did not, and devised an unusual strategy of digging tunnels and deep foxholes that allowed his troops a tactical advantage over the invading soldiers. While Kuribayashi's strategy alienated some older officers, it impressed Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), the son of a wealthy family who had also studied America firsthand as an athlete at the 1932 Olympics. As Kuribayashi and his men dig in for a battle they are not certain they can win -- and most have been told they will not survive -- their story is told both by watching their actions and through the letters they write home to their loved ones, letters that in many cases would not be delivered until long after they were dead. Among the soldiers manning Japan's last line of defense are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker sent to Iwo Jima only days before his wife was to give birth; Shimizu (Ryo Kase), who was sent to Iwo Jima after washing out in the military police; and Lieutenant Ito (Shidou Nakamura), who has embraced the notion of "Death Before Surrender" with particular ferocity. Filmed in Japanese with a primarily Japanese cast, Letters From Iwo Jima was shot in tandem with Flags of Our Fathers, and the two films were released within two months of one another. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ken Watanabe
    Ken Watanabe - General Kuribayashi
  • Kazunari Ninomiya
    Kazunari Ninomiya - Saigo
  • Tsuyoshi Ihara
    Tsuyoshi Ihara - Nishi, Baron
  • Ryo Kase
    Ryo Kase - Shimizu
  • Shidou Nakamura
    Shidou Nakamura - Lieutenant Ito



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Blu-Ray disc

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    thekrank

    Very cool Blu-Ray disc of Letters of Iwo Jima.Very nice 1080 picture and a great surround sound-The battle scenes are all around you. Also the movie is realy good.Clint Eastwood knows how to make great movies.I also have the companion piece Flags of Are Fathers-do note Flags of Are Fathers was released on Blu-Ray by Dreamworks as Letters from Iwo Jima was released on Blu-Ray by Warner,and as Dreamworks has ditched Blu-Ray for HD DVD Flags of are Fathers will soon be gone from store shelfs,so if you have yet purchase Flags of Are Fathers on Blu-Ray and I have been thinking about buying it make sure to get it now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    brilliant 2nd half of Clint's Iwo Jima saga

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    prlwctd

    Clint's followup to Flags of Our Fathers (released just two months later) is equally powerful & memorable. This time, it's Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese soldiers, who fought (some more reluctantly than others) to the death to keep the island from Allied hands. Ken Watanabe is perfect casting as the general in charge of the operation, even though he held respect for the Americans he and his men were fighting. Appropriately, this film is spoken in Japanese with its American director showing the utmost respect for the culture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great Clint Eastwood effort!

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    Katie
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    Normally, I don't like movies that have to be READ with subtitles all the way through. But this is worth the extra effort. Very unique and poignant perspective from the Japanese side of the war. I had bought this movie years ago, but for some reason, the dvd just seemed to go "blank" and wouldn't play anymore. I wanted to replace it and was glad for my reward certificates!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    War is a Tough Business & this Film is "On-Point."

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    cwlw
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    The story is strikingly blunt – your orders are to kill as many Americans as you can before you are killed. Recommendation for a better prospective: View this film after your view of "Flags of Our Fathers." An interesting side note: Movie premiered in Tokyo with very positive Japanese interest, reception and reviews prior to being released in America.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Perfect Setup

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    LTGCWR

    Aside from being an amazing film, the HD DVD version is great. If you go somewhere and need the regular version, you turn the disc over and its there. If you are at your home with your HD TV, the picture and sound is flawless. It really is an amazing film. I've seen both versions: HD DVD and Blu-Ray. HD DVD is equal picture, plus it comes with the DVD side.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    U.S. vs. Japan (WWII)

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    Anonymous

    The story from the Japanese point of view of World War II is to some a welcomed dilemma. Clint Eastwood tells how the Japanese soldiers’ code of ethics comes into play for warfare. Honor is everything to them. It has very graphic battlefields; with a tease of humor, compassion, and respect for the enemy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clint Eastwood delivers

    Posted
    WhitePlainsWorker
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    A very interesting movie showing it WWII from the perspective of the Japanese. Similar to Das Boat but the story is superior. Shows that even among who we fought there were always the cannon fodder that just wanted to get back home alive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great to See the Other Perspective

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    princess
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    I watched the Americasn's perspective in Flags of Our Fathers, and this was a great companion, as it showed the persoective of the Japanese. The movie was well-done, and heart-warming.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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