Letters From Iwo Jima

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From Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood comes the untold story of the Japanese soldiers who defended their homeland against invading American forces during World War II. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of Iwo Jima itself, the unprecedented tactics of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai) and his men transform what was predicted to be a swift defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat. Their sacrifices, struggles, courage and compassion live on in the taut, gripping film Rolling Stone calls "unique and unforgettable."

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Studio Warner
SKU 204384022
UPC 085391112921
UPC 14 00085391112921
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Clint Eastwood - Director
Gary Roach - Editor
Henry Bumstead - Production Designer
Hiroshi Watanabe - Actor
Iris Yamashita - Screenplay
James J. Murakami - Production Designer
Joel Cox - Editor
Kazunari Ninomiya - Actor
Ken Watanabe - Actor
Kyle Eastwood - Original Music By
Michael Stevens - Original Music By
Paul Haggis - Executive Producer
Paul Haggis - Based On Story By
Steven Spielberg - Producer
Tadamichi Kuribayashi - Based On Book By
Tom Stern - Cinematographer
Tsuyoko Yoshido - Based On Book By
Tsuyoshi Ihara - Actor
Awards
Winner (2007) Golden Globe, Letters from Iwo Jima, Best Foreign Language Film,Oscar, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Nominee (2007) Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, Best Director - Motion Picture,Oscar, Clint Eastwood, Best Achievement in Directing,Oscar, Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis, Best Writing, Original Screenplay,Oscar, Clint Eastwood, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Letters from Iwo Jima is a unique American-made war movie for at least two reasons: it depicts the battle from the perspective of the losers and it represents the United States as the "enemy." Coupled with Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima provides director Clint Eastwood's complete statement about the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima. Although Flags of Our Fathers deals as much with how a photograph from the battle was used as propaganda on the home front as it does with the actual combat, Letters from Iwo Jima remains entrenched upon the island from start to finish (except for a few character-building flashbacks). In terms of its structure, this is more what we expect from a war movie than what Flags of Our Fathers offers. The only character common to both films is the island's rough terrain.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...Letters is quality from first frame to last, a war film that is almost a tone poem in how it reveals the minds and secret hearts of the Japanese soldiers defending the volcanic island of Iwo Jima against American forces over forty days of battle in 1945...Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story)...The scenes of combat, shot in desaturated color on the beaches of Iceland by the gifted Tom Stern and edited with grit and grace by Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, gain in terror and complexity from what we learn of these men. We watch in horror as soldiers bang their helmets with live grenades, preferring suicide to surrender. Eastwood's film burns into the memory by striving for authentic detail. The result is unique and unforgettable.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Ansen, NewsWeek ...a sorrowful and savagely beautiful elegy that can stand in the company of the greatest antiwar movies.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Daring and significant...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...profound, magisterial, and gripping...
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Taken together, Eastwood's masterworks - two of the best films of 2006 - may be Hollywood's last word on World War II.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...the peak achievement in Eastwood's hallowed career.
Richard Corliss, Time Another masterpiece from Clint Eastwood.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe Eloquent, bloody, and daringly simple.

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