Having just won the best picture prize from the national board of review, clint eastwood's intimate epic letters from iwo jima enters the oscar race with banners flying, which is a good thing the director's flags of our fathers had to suffer the alleged indignity of being a box-office underperformer, as if. Genres: drama, war director: clint eastwood actors: ken watanabe, kazunari ninomiya, shido nakamura, tsuyoshi ih, tsuyoshi ihara, ryo kase, yuki matsuzaki, hiroshi watanabe, nae theatrical release date: 12/20/2006 item # product: qty: price: item # 1000000047 product: letters from iwo jima (bd) this item. And the number nominated for an academy award this year was exactly one, iris yamashita, for her work on clint eastwood's “letters from iwo jima” a japanese -american born in missouri and raised in california, yamashita was working as a web programmer when she wrote short stories and a script. “letters from iwo jima” represents something rare in the history of war movies — a case of a filmmaker from one country sympathetically telling a combat story from the perspective of a former enemy the second installment in clint eastwood's ambitious and enterprising account of one of the pacific war's. Letters from iwo jima is the companion film to flags of our fathers, clint eastwood's bigger budget account of the second world war battle to capture iwo jima, an island off the japanese coast.
The companion piece to the searing flags of our fathers, clint eastwood's letters from iwo jima offers a harsh, yet beautiful look at the realities of war the film focuses on lt general tadamichi kuribayashi, played brilliantly by ken watanabe, who is given the luckless task of defending the strategically important barren. Tom stern envisions a different view of warfare for letters from iwo jima. Inspired by the book picture letters from the commander and chief, a compilation of whimsically illustrated letters sent by the japanese commander of the iwo jima garrison to his family, the film explores the back stories of some of iwo jima's doomed defenders (fewer than 1% would ultimately survive) in the form of their. In an unprecedented work of ambition and vision, clint eastwood has released two films in one year about that historic battle: flags of our fathers, which illustrates the american experience of the conflict, and now letters from iwo jima, which draws us into the experience of the outnumbered, ill-equipped.
As a companion piece to flags of our fathers, clint eastwood's letters from iwo jima inevitably shares many of its predecessor's thematic concerns assuming the japanese's perspective on the 36-day. Letters from iwo jima synopsis an account of a world war ii battle for the island lays out the japanese perspective read full synopsis cast + crew clint eastwood director ken watanabe general kuribayashi kazunari ninomiya saigo tsuyoshi ihara nishi, baron ryo kase shimizu shidou nakamura lieutenant ito.
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. After bringing the story of the american soldiers who fought in the battle of iwo jima to the screen in his film flags of our fathers, clint eastwood offers an equally thoughtful portrait of the japanese forces who held the island for 36 days in this military drama in 1945, world war ii was in its last stages, and. Letters from iwo jima movie reviews & metacritic score: in this companion piece to flags of our fathers, clint eastwood presents the untold story of the ja. The story of the battle of iwo jima between the united states and imperial japan during world war ii, as told from the perspective of the japanese who fought it.
It's hard to explain exactly why clint eastwood's letters from iwo jima is so much better than its companion world war ii film flags of our fathers, except to say that flags tries too hard to emphasize the ironies of selling a war, while letters deals with the ins and outs of the war itself aside from a short. Other articles where letters from iwo jima is discussed:of our fathers (2006) and letters from iwo jima (2006), both of which focus on the battle of iwo jima the latter, told from the japanese perspective, was nominated for several oscars, including best director and best film.
Letters from iwo jima and flags of our fathers are like bookends, clint eastwood's two views of the same world war 2 battle in the pacific, as seen from both sides in letters from iwo jima, we see the conflict from the side of the japanese soldiers who were faced with the impossible task of defending the rocky island. Academy award nominee ken watanabe (“the last samurai,” “memoirs of a geisha,” “batman begins”) stars as general tadamichi kuribayashi, the american-educated general who courageously led the japanese resistance to the massive american onslaught of the island of iwo jima. From flags of our fathers to letters from iwo jima: clint eastwood's balancing of japanese and american perspectives by aaron gerow history, like the cinema , can often be a matter of perspective that's why clint eastwood's decision to narrate the battle of iwo jima from both the american and the. In letters from iwo jima, director clint eastwood returns to the same pacific island that served as backdrop for his war epic flags of our fathers that movie told the story of the american marines who raised the flag that became an iconic symbol for the us war effort this one portrays the battle from the japanese.
Eastwood offers a profound perspective on wwii read common sense media's letters from iwo jima review, age rating, and parents guide. Letters from iwo jima has 668 ratings and 73 reviews carole said: books like these are always hard to comment on this is a true story based on their ve. As tens of thousands of allied troops push further inland, the japanese troops defending iwo jima during world war ii prepare to meet their fate watch trailers & learn more. 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.