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Letters from Iwo Jima is a recreation of the events that took place during the American invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II, as told from the Japanese perspective. In February 1945, some 22,000 Japanese troops defended the island against overwhelming American forces that outnumbered them nearly five to one. Like a memoir, the film will follow the personal story of two close friends serving in the Japanese army as they struggle to survive during the war and are forced to watch helplessly as their closest comrade commits an inevitable death. The story will also revolve around real-life Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe), who continues to defend the island with his forces even as the war nears its inevitable conclusion.
Letters From Iwo Jima Trailer
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As the Allies reclaimed the Pacific in 1945, only one island stood between them and the Japanese mainland: Iwo Jima.
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Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) comes to command the forces on the small, uninhabited volcanic island. He surveyed Iwo Jima with his subordinates and inspected the troops. Kuribayashi insists on and condemns food rationing for everyone on the island (not just enlisted men).
Suicide attacks, seeing them as a waste of human life. Smart and intelligent, Kuribayashi worked as an international diplomat in America for two years before the war, so he is more educated than most about the American mentality and, crucially, how to defeat them. Tough but fair, Kuribayashi tried to use Iwo Jima’s geographical features to his advantage, ordering his troops to dig tunnels and caves in the mountains as opposed to trenches on the beaches.
Kuribayashi’s old friend, Baron Nishi (Suyoshi Ihara), joins him in the difficult task of keeping Iwo Jima out of American hands. Charming and well-educated, Nishi is a former Olympic equestrian champion who admires Kuribayashi’s wealth despite the objections of other officers.
Meanwhile, Private Saido (Kajunari Ninomiya) writes letters home to his wife while in the cave. An earnest and intelligent man, Saido begins to doubt his mission; Unlike many of his countrymen, he does not want to sacrifice himself for the good of the empire. He finds an unlikely kindred spirit in the mysterious Shimizu (Ryo Case), a former member.
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Knowing that his men lack sufficient food, water and ammunition, Kuribayashi tries to keep spirits high, but is alarmed when he hears that the Allied forces have destroyed the Japanese navy and air force in the Battle of the Mariana Islands. Desperate for any kind of help, Kuribayashi sends the increasingly ill Admiral Ohsugi (Nobumasa Sakagami) back to Tokyo to plead for support.
Despite no air or naval reinforcements, Kuribayashi held firm and predicted an easy, five-day American victory in the more than month-long, brutal battle.
“If our children can live in safety for one more day, then it will be worth one more day to protect our island,” Kuribayashi urged his men.
Along the way, we see Saido, Shimizu and the others struggle to come to grips with their suicidal mission and show compassion, courage and bravery in the face of impossible odds.
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, a WWII movie that focuses on the American side of the battle on Iwo Jima, but along the way, the veteran director said he was struck by the similarities between letters written by American and Japanese soldiers. In particular, Eastwood said he found it curious that American soldiers wanted to be at home with only their families away from the hellish conditions of war, but the Japanese knew they could not be expected to return home alive, preferring to capture suicide.
This is explored in depth in the movie. Shamizu states early in the film that the American soldiers lack discipline and their emotions allow them to interfere with their combat duties. He said Japanese soldiers honored death for their emperor and their country, seeing death as the only honorable way to leave the war. However, Saido constantly shows humanity, willing to care for the wounded and follow Kuribayashi’s orders, even when other soldiers or officers refuse to commit suicide.
Character development succeeds on such a large scale. It’s an incredibly dark story, with hopeless, exhausted, starving men preparing for their inevitable deaths at the hands of their sworn enemies. To be sure, the film never shies away from the brutality of the Japanese, but nevertheless shows their humanity and their struggle to come to grips with their new reality. These men were willing and able to die for extremist, imperialist nationalism, but they were still as concerned about their families and their communities as any soldier of any nationality.
Released on December 9, 2006 in Japan and December 20 in the United States. The film received overwhelming acclaim in both countries, with audiences responding strongly to the acting and direction. Built for $19 million,
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While it won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes that year, it was ineligible for the same award at the Oscars because it was made and shot in the States by an American director. Nevertheless, the movie received a total of four nominations at the Oscars — Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Sound Editing.
Featuring outstanding acting and direction, a moving story and appropriate period-piece cinematography. It is a tour-de-force and one of the best war films of the modern era.