Letters from Iwo Jima – 2006

Letters from Iwo Jima - Clint Eastwood Movies


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.



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Letters from Iwo Jima - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Ken Watanabe – General Kuribayashi
  • Kazunari Ninomiya – Saigo
  • Tsuyoshi Ihara – Baron Nishi
  • Ryo Kase – Shimizu


  • Clint Eastwood


In this companion piece to “Flags of Our Fathers,” Clint Eastwood presents the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their general who 61 years ago defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima. (Warner Bros.)

Critical Reception

“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).” – Rolling Stone – Peter Travers

“The word masterpiece costs nothing to write and means less than nothing in an age when every third picture and each new Clint Eastwood project is proclaimed as such. After two viewings, however, Letters From Iwo Jima strikes me as the peak achievement in Eastwood’s hallowed career.” – Chicago Tribunee – Michael Phillips

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