Letters from Iwo Jima

In 1945, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, hundreds of letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. Leading the defense is Lt. General Ta...

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Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- )

Malpaso (Company)

Amblin Entertainment (Firm)

Warner Home Video (Firm)
Other Authors: Eastwood, Clint, 1930- (Producer, Director)
Yamashita, Iris.
(Screenwriter)

Haggis, Paul.
(Screenwriter, Producer)

Spielberg, Steven, 1946-
(Producer)

Lorenz, Robert
(Producer)

Stern, Tom, 1946-
(Cinematographer)

Watanabe, Ken, 1959-
(Actor)

Ninomiya, Kazunari.
(Actor)

Ihara, Tsuyoshi.
(Actor)

Kase, Ryō.
(Actor)

Nakamura, Shidō.
(Actor)

Watanabe, Hiroshi.
(Actor)

Bando, Takumi.
(Actor)

Matsuzaki, Yuki.
(Actor)

Yamaguchi, Takashi.
(Actor)

Ozaki, Eijiro.
(Actor)

Bumstead, Henry.
(Designer)

Murakami, James J.
(Designer)

Cox, Joel.
(Film editor)

Roach, Gary D.
(Film editor)

Hopper, Deborah.
(Costume designer)

Eastwood, Kyle.
(Composer)

Stevens, Michael, 1945-
(Composer)

Kuribayashi, Tadamichi, 1890 or 1-1945.

Yoshido, Tsuyoko.
(Editor)
Format: Movie DVD
Language:Japanese
English
French
Spanish
Published:Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2007.
Edition:Two-disc special ed., widescreen.
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Uniform Title:Letters from Iwo Jima (Motion picture)
Summary:In 1945, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, hundreds of letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi's unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat.

Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima tells 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. It is the powerful companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers.

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Language Notes:Japanese dialogue with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
General Notes:Based on the book "Picture letters from Commander in Chief" by Tadamichi Kuribayashi and book editor Tsuyoko Yoshido.
Originally produced in 2006.
Special features: "Red sun, black sand: the making of Letters from Iwo Jima:" led by Clint Eastwood, an inside look at the creation of the film with many of the key players involved who brought this epic film together (21 min.); "The faces of war: the cast of Letters from Iwo Jima:" cast members introduce the characters they portray in the film (19 min.); "Images from the frontlines: the photography of Letters from Iwo Jima" (4 min.); 11/15/2006 world premiere at Budo-kan in Tokyo (16 min.); 11/16/2006 press conference at Grand Hyatt Tokyo (25 min.); theatrical trailer (3 min.).
Physical Description:2 videodiscs (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Credits:Production designed by Henry Bumstead, James J. Murakami ; edited by Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach ; co-producer, Tim Moore ; visual effects supervisor, Michael Owens ; costumes designed by Deborah Hopper ; music by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens ; orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus.
Performer:Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shidou Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki, Takashi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki.
System Details:DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Audience:MPAA rating: R; for graphic war violence.
Awards:Academy Awards, USA, 2007: Oscar - Best Achievement in Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman).
Golden Globes, USA, 2007: Golden Globe - Best Foreign language Film.
Production Credits:Production designed by Henry Bumstead, James J. Murakami ; edited by Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach ; co-producer, Tim Moore ; visual effects supervisor, Michael Owens ; costumes designed by Deborah Hopper ; music by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens ; orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus.
ISBN:1419845268
9781419845260