Letters from Iwo Jima

(USA, 2006, 134 minutes)

The pivotal WWII battle of Iwo Jima as seen by the Japanese defenders of the island. Harrowing, powerful war picture that weaves in between its quite classic structure a poignant, humanist meditation on the nature of heroism. In all aspects a superior film to its companion piece Flags of Our Fathers.

Dreamworks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present a Malpaso/Amblin Entertainment production. Starring Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shidou Nakamura. Directed by Clint Eastwood; produced by Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Robert Lorenz; screenplay by Iris Yamashita, based on a story by Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, and on the book Picture Letters from the Commander in Chief by Tadamichi Kuribayashi; music by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens; director of photography, Tom Stern; production designers, Henry Bumstead and James J. Murakami; costume designer, Deborah Hopper; film editors, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach; visual effects supervisor, Michael Owens.


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