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Letters From Iwo Jima (Single Disc)

Released on 24 December 2007

Featuring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya & Tsuyoshi Ihara

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.

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 A new perspective

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It's great to see Clint Eastwood has covered the Japanese side of the battle of Iwo Jima so sensitivily. It also shows the values of both sides are essentially the same and that nobody wins in times of war. I have now ordered flags of our fathers the brother film to this (the american side of the battle) to see if it matches up to the same standard.

 Profound

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A simple soundtrack,but it hooks you into the film with ease.Gives a human perspective of the war, and everyday Japanese feelings as reported in the letters of the Japanese General. An anti-war film with enough sentimentality and action to give both insight an entertainment. Makes you think. My 13 and 8 yr olds watched from start to finish in total silence. And made adult comment on the film and issues afterwards.Now that is amazing!

 FANTASTIC!

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Its nice to see a film following the Axis that isn't low budget. The story of the soldiers is extremely captivating and you really feel from them. Its nice for a film to portray the Japanese story in a very sensitive way to make you feel for them rather than see them as beasts. The fact that it is in Japanese does nothing but good for the film making it more realistic and believable. A MUST BUY FOR ANY HISTORY FAN!

 the other side of the coin

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This is the best film portraying the Japanese in the second world ever,i recomend that you watch this one as you will see that once again most people are normal and it is the actions and will of only a few powerful men that make nations go to war and commit awful crimes to all about them.My Grandfather fought in the first war ,my father fought in the second and i was in the military in the 70s/80s the germans and japanese as a race have been slated because they lost the war ,yes horrible things were done to many innocent people by them but we are not innocent and it has been easy for our leaders to point the finger at others .Remember that we {the allies] dropped 2 atomic boms on cities knowing that all the men between 16 and 50 were away on military duty and as a result killed over 200,000 women and children nothing can ever excuse that fact.So please watch this film and see that most Japanese were normal and wanted to live and go home just like you and me

 Letters from Iwo Jima

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Clint Eastwood brings us this Japanese subtitled film about the protection of the island Iwo Jima. As a lond subtitled movie people may be turned off, fair enough BUT you really should give this a try. Why? Because it is a terrific movie and an awesome war movie. Up there with Saving Private Ryan not as good but its up there. In my opinion the subtitles make this film better. A powerful film 5/5 WOW!

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ActorsKen Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki, Takashi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki, Nae Yuuki, Nobumasa Sakagami, Akiko Shima, Lucas Elliott & Sonny Saito
DirectorClint Eastwood
Certificate15 years and over
Year2006
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 21 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.