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Letters From Iwo Jima

release date 23 February '07

15 rated certificate
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The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspectives of the Japanese soldiers.Sixty-one years ago, US and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, several hundred letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil.

The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. The Japanese soldiers are sent to Iwo Jima knowing that, in all probability, they will not come back. Among them are Saigo, a baker who wants only to live see the face of his newborn daughter; and Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, whose travels in American have revealed to him how to take on the vast American armada streaming in across the Pacific.

genre(s):  Drama
director:  Clint Eastwood
film cast:  Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken Watanabe, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Tsuyosi Ihara
certificate:  15
distributor:  Warner Bros.
running time:  140 Mins
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Letters From Iwo Jima
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21st Feb 07'
Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and deserving of so many more, Letters From Iwo Jima is one of the finest films of Clint Eastwood's already glittering career. His companion piece to the profoundly moving Flags Of Our Fathers relates the same events - the first battle fought on Japanese territory during World War II - but from the perspective of the troops stationed on the island of Iwo Jima, hoping to repel the US invaders. While the first film was punctuated with extended sequences of harrowing action, pyrotechnics and flashy camerawork, the second picture strikes a more thoughtful and considered tone, focusing intently on the psychological scars inflicted by the conflict.


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