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Letters from Iwo Jima

(DVD - 2007 - Japanese)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Letters from Iwo Jima
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Sixty-one years ago, 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.
Title: Letters from Iwo Jima
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Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]
Edition: Two-disc special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (140 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: "Red sun, black sand: the making of Letters from Iwo Jima:" led by Clint Eastwood, take an inside look at the creation of the film with many of the key players involved who brought this epic film together; "The faces of war: the cast of Letters from Iwo Jima:" cast members introduce the characters they portray in the film; "Images from the frontlines: the photography of Letters from Iwo Jima" world premiere at Budo-kan in Tokyo; press conference at Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2006.
Based on the book "Picture letters from Commander in Chief" by Tadamichi Kuribayashi and book editor Tsuyoko Yoshido.
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CPL DVD# 5484019
Summary: Sixty-one years ago, 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.
Audience: MPAA rating R for graphic war violence.
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes, USA, 2007: Golden Globe - Best Foreign language Film.
Academy Awards, USA, 2007: Oscar - Best Achievement in Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman).
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ISBN: 1419845268
9781419845260
Statement of Responsibility: Amblin Entertainment ; DreamWorks SKG ; Malpaso Productions ; Warner Bros. Pictures ; produced by Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Steven Spielberg ; story by Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis ; screenplay by Iris Yamashita ; directed by Clint Eastwood
Credits: Director of photography, Tom Stern ; editors, Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach ; music, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens ; costume designer, Deborah Hopper ; production designers, Henry Bumstead, James J. Murakami.
Performers: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki, Takashi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, dual-layer, DVD-9.
Other Language: Japanese and English dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Iwo Jima (Volcano Islands, Japan) Drama. Letter writing, Japanese Drama. Japan. Rikugun Military life Drama. Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945 Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films-2007.
Video, Japanese-2007.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2007.
DVD-Video discs-2007.
Topical Term: Letter writing, Japanese
Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
Publisher No: 111292
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Mar 13, 2014
  • boothseattle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing movie that should be seen by all. It is deep and has subtitles but is still a very good watch. It is rare to see the other perspective in war. After you watch this movie you will feel like you have watched something worth watching.

Oct 28, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Clint Eastwood did it again. All his movies have that stamp of slow, considered thinking and I see it here. Seeing the battle from the Japanese side is a whole different perspective. Their code of honour led them to hurt their cause as much as it did to help them. I winced so many times at the decisions made to save face that in fact helped them lose the battle. Having the dialogue in Japanese with English subtitles was very effective, and the Japanese actors all did their part to make the film a success. Another spare powerful work from Eastwood.

May 04, 2012
  • pokano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Powerful, powerful film about Iwo Jima from the viewpoint of the Japanese soldiers. Great acting, cinematography, and directing. Should be a must see for all government leaders who are thinking of going to war. There's a flaw in the set up of the video. There are normal subtitles available, but they're difficult to find. The barely readable ones are closed circuit text, not the subtitles.

Dec 15, 2011
  • aqiva rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

SDH & closed-caption review
[1 = poor; 2 = fair; 3 = good, 4 = excellent].
Tiny, barely readable and blurry/fuzzy letters/words with the sub-titles. I gave it a 1 rating for sub-title readability & accessibility: Poor

Oct 31, 2011
  • lukeooo2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great movie!!!!!!!!

Jun 22, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

B+ DVD

Mar 03, 2011
  • peppertoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie portraying the Japanese experience on Iwo Jima. Watched Flags of our Fathers first, but thought this was a better movie. Never had a problem with the subtitles as another viewer mentioned. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, would have enjoyed more special features on the Japanese experiences. I found it to be a good portrayal of the message that they were all fighting and taking orders because they felt they had to, just as I'm sure most do in the time of war. Quite a touching portrayal of events. Also interesting insight into how their fighting beliefs and methods (bushido) worked against them. Worth watching.

Nov 22, 2010
  • BookReviewer101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like the history in this book. japenese are very strong and ferocious warriors. well done clint eastwood.

Sep 05, 2010
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a dark, yet moving, film. It's another great movie by Clint Eastwood. I really liked the fact that the story was kept in the native japanese tongue. I found the film focused a lot on character development, which is a great attribute to a war movie. I would recommend watching Flags of our Fathers after or before watching this one because it centers around the same war, but from the Americans point of view.

Mar 08, 2010
  • NickCR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent film, and in my opinion, better than its companion piece "Flags of our Fathers". I would have liked it if the DVD extras covered a bit more of the history / background of Japanese soldiers and thier habits / customs, etc. I have yet to see a movie with Ken Watanabe in which he didn't thoroughly impress me.

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Sep 05, 2010
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: Brief moments of mature language.

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Violence: Many scenes of graphic war violence and peril.

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