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Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 war film, directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers and is a companion piece to Eastwood''s Flags of Our Fathers, which depicts the same battle from the American viewpoint. The film is almost entirely in Japanese, but was made by four American production companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Malpaso Productions, and Amblin Entertainment. The film was released in Japan on December 9, 2006 and received a limited release in the United States on December 20 in order to compete for the 79th Academy Awards. It was subsequently released in more areas of the U.S. on January 12, 2007, and was released in most states by January 19. An English-dubbed version was premiered on April 7, 2008.