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Letters from Iwo Jima-DVD Review 07/27/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Japanese language film, Movies, World War II.
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Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese) 2006

Among other awards and nominations:
Winner, Best Foreign Language Picture; Nominated, Best Director, Golden Globes
Winner, Best Sound Editing; Nominated, Best Picture; Best Director; Best Original Screenplay, Academy Awards

Directed by Clint Eastwood; Companion film to Flags of Our Fathers
Starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya

In 1944, as Japanese soldiers prepare to defend the rocky island of Iwo Jima from an American assault, General Kuribayashi (Watanabe) arrives to take command. Officers are soon informed that the island is isolated and there will be no help coming. Still, the men prepare to defend it, knowing they will be called upon to sacrifice their lives. Death with honor is paramount, and for some that means choosing suicide. Even under these circumstances, fights and differences of opinions take hold.

One of the soldiers observing all this is the young Saigo (Ninomiya ); with a wife and new baby waiting for him back home, he provides a touching emotional connection. The Japanese soldiers are fighting for their country, the same way our American soldiers fight for ours. Letters meant for home continue to be written by the men, even when they know they will never be delivered.

140 minutes. Rated R. Bloody violence.

For more information about the DVD:
Letters from Iwo Jima (Two-Disc Special Edition)

About Kazurnari Ninomiya (Saigo), who is also a Japanese pop star :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazunari_Ninomiya

For information about the Flags of Our Fathers DVD:
Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

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