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Letters from Iwo Jima Details


After bringing the story of the American soldiers who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima to the screen in his film , 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 U.S. forces were planning to take on the Japanese on a small island known as Iwo Jima. While the island was mostly rock and volcanoes, it was of key strategic value and Japan's leaders saw the island as the final opportunity to prevent an Allied invasion. Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) was put in charge of the forces on Iwo Jima; Kuribayashi had spent time in the United States and was not eager to take on the American army, but he also understood his opponents in a way his superiors did not, and devised an unusual strategy of digging tunnels and deep foxholes that allowed his troops a tactical advantage over the invading soldiers. While Kuribayashi's strategy alienated some older officers, it impressed Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), the son of a wealthy family who had also studied America firsthand as an athlete at the 1932 Olympics. As Kuribayashi and his men dig in for a battle they are not certain they can win -- and most have been told they will not survive -- their story is told both by watching their actions and through the letters they write home to their loved ones, letters that in many cases would not be delivered until long after they were dead. Among the soldiers manning Japan's last line of defense are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker sent to Iwo Jima only days before his wife was to give birth; Shimizu (Ryo Kase), who was sent to Iwo Jima after washing out in the military police; and Lieutenant Ito (Shidou Nakamura), who has embraced the notion of "Death Before Surrender" with particular ferocity. Filmed in Japanese with a primarily Japanese cast, Letters From Iwo Jima was shot in tandem with , and the two films were released within two months of one another. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 2006


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Iris Yamashita Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Iris Yamashita Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Kyle Eastwood Best Original Score 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Haggis Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Lorenz Best Picture 2006 Nominee
San Diego Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2006 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
New York Film Critics Society Clint Eastwood Best Director (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clint Eastwood Best Director 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clint Eastwood Best Picture 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Picture 2006 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Tom Stern Best Cinematography (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Tom Stern Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee


Ken Watanabe
as General Kuribayashi
Kazunari Ninomiya
as Saigo
Tsuyoshi Ihara
as Nishi, Baron
Ryo Kase
as Shimizu
Shidou Nakamura
as Lieutenant Ito
Hiroshi Watanabe
as Lieutenant Fujita
Takumi Bando
as Captain Tanida
Yuki Matsuzaki
as Nozaki
Takashi Yamaguchi
as kashiwara
Eijiro Ozaki
as Lieutenant Okubo
as Hanako
Nobumasa Sakagami
as Admiral Ohsugi
Luke Elliot
as Sam
Sonny Saito
as Medic Endo
Toshiya Agata
as Captain Iwasaki
Yoshi Ishii
as Private Yamazaki
Toshi Toda
as Colonel Adachi
Ken Kensei
as Maj. General Hayashi
Ikuma Ando
as Ozawa
Akiko Shima
as Lead Woman
Masashi Nagadoi
as Admiral Ichimaru
Mark Moses
as American Officer
Roxanne Hart
as Officer's Wife
Yoshio Iizuka
as Tired Soldier
Takuji Kuramoto
as Ono
Koji Wada
as Hashimoto
Akira Kaneda
as Japanese Soldier #1
Shoji Hattori
as Japanese Soldier #2
Mitsuyuki Oishi
as Japanese Soldier #4
Evan Ellingson
as Kid Marine
Kazuyuki Morosawa
as Ito's Guard
Masayuki Yonezawa
as Ito's Soldier
Mathew Botuchis
as American Marine
Yukari Black
as Mother
Daisuke Nagashima
as Prisoner
Kirk Enochs
as Marine Officer
Ryan Kelley
as Marine #2
Michael Lawson
as Marine #4
Taishi Mizuno
as Cave Soldier #1
Daisuke Tsuji
as Cave Soldier #2
Tsuguo Mizuno
as Lead Excavator
Mark Ofuji
as Kuribayashi's Guard
Hallock Beals
as Marine at Clearing
Ryan Carnes
as Marine at Clearing
Jeremy Glazer
as Marine Lieutenant
Ryoya Katsuyama
as Boy
Masashi Odate
as Cook
London Kim
as Okubo's Soldier
Skip Evans
as Pilots


Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Steven Spielberg
Robert Lorenz
Paul Haggis
Screen Story
Tadamichi Kuribayashi
Book Author
Iris Yamashita
Iris Yamashita
Screen Story
Tom Stern
Kyle Eastwood
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Cox
Tsuyoko Yoshida
Gary D. Roach
Henry Bumstead
Production Designer
James Murakami
Production Designer
Paul Haggis
Executive Producer
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Gary Fettis
Set Decorator
Walt Martin
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Maynes
Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Bonniwell
Chad Finnerty
David Luckenbach
Camera Operator
Stephen Campanelli
Camera Operator
Al Goto
Ilram Choi
Michael Hugghins
Simon Rhee
Dennis Takeda
Arnold Chon
McKay Stewart
Sam Situmorang
Brian Avery
Dustin Meier
Scott Leva
Phyllis Huffman
Brian Gazdik
CG Animator
Peter Herlein
Rotoscope Artist
David Ladish
Swing Gang
Matt Huffman
Casting Associate
Kristie Macosko
Personal Assistant
Matthew Butler
Visual Effects Supervisor
Trevor Carroll-Coe
Camera Loader
Nicole Yoblonski
Rotoscope Artist
Christopher Flick
Foley Editor
Michael Cipriano
Assistant Editor
John Horning
Assistant Properties
Taffy Schweickhardt
First Assistant Accountant
John Reitz
Re-Recording Mixer
Ben Bohling
Personal Assistant
James Wheelan
Assistant Location Manager
Kym Olsen
Jay Wejebe
Zoe Hay
Lou Pecora
Lead Compositor
Randy K. Singer
Foley Mixer
Charles Saldana
Key Grip
Sarahjane Javelo
Rotoscope Artist
Jojo Proud
Pam Cartmel
Art Department Coordinator
Dag Ivarsoy
Miker Stovall
Assistant Production Coordinator
JC Brown
Scenic Artist
Gloria D'Alessandro
Dialogue Editor
Asuka Tohda
CG Animator
Sara Gardner-Gail
Swing Gang
Mitchell Kenney
Costumes Supervisor
Jason Selfe
Lead Compositor
Stan Seo
Matte Artist
Dennis Roden
Hair Styles
Takashi Akaku
ADR Mixer
Linda Stelling
Set Medic/First Aid
Bill Cawley
First Assistant Sound Editor
Carol O'Connell
Department Head Hair
Marten Larsson
CG Animator
Mike Sexton
Properties Master
Kai Blomberg
Swing Gang
Tamara Stone
Stephen Campanelli
Steadicam Operator
Kirk Bales
Dolly Grip
Steve Beimler
Location Manager
Joel Behrens
Eric Beaver
Deana Lou
Personal Assistant
Christina Drahos
Flash Deros
Boom Operator
Bub Asman
Supervising Sound Editor
Deborah Wiltman
Dan Cobbett
Jason Hansen
Special Effects Technician
Andrew Bradbury
CG Animator
Brenton Cottman
Matte Artist
Daniel Mejia
Rotoscope Artist
Patricia Dehaney
Hair Styles
Yoshikuni Taki
Production Supervisor
Julian Levi
Visual Effects Producer
Niki Bern
Chia-Chi Hu
Sarah Monat
Foley Artist
Ferguson Reid
Set Medic/First Aid
Jenn Epstein
Rotoscope Artist
Jay Jennings
Sound Effects Editor
Yumi Takada
Casting Associate
Michael Melchiorre
Youngil Pyo
CG Animator
Steve Mann
Sound Effects Editor
Marlo Pabon
Gregg Rudloff
Re-Recording Mixer
Peter Dress
Second Second Assistant Director
Gareth Dinneen
Thomas Reppen
CG Animator
Kenny Sanford
Construction Foreman
Rebecca Watchel
Gian Sardar
Personal Assistant
Bill Coe
First Assistant Camera
Geoffrey MiClat
Casting Associate
Katie Carroll
Second Assistant Director
Jay Frankenberger
Atsushi Ikarashi
CG Animator
Tania McComas
Department Head Makeup
Shawn Sykora
Foley Editor
Eryn Krueger
Key Make-up
Holly Horter
Rotoscope Artist
Stephanie Whalon
First Assistant Accountant
Diana Sear
CG Animator
Rory McLeish
CG Animator
Landon Trawny
First Assistant Accountant
Aruna Inversin
Paul Calabria
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Matthias Wittmann
Supervising Animator
Paul Weakland
Construction Foreman
Debra Wolff
Visual Effects Editor
Danielle Hartzell
Assistant Production Coordinator
Karen Shaw
Supervising Production Coordinator
Buddy Van Horn
Stunts Coordinator
Ross Dunkerley
Chief Lighting Technician
Heather Hoyland
Jessica Meier
Assistant Production Coordinator
Karen Spangenberg
Dialogue Editor