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The battle of Iwo Jima seen through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 28 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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unlike 'Flags', this time Clint Eastwood's war epic has more cohesion in its complexities, and a stronger punch with its theme See more (307 total) »

Cast

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Ken Watanabe ... General Kuribayashi

Kazunari Ninomiya ... Saigo

Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Baron Nishi

Ryô Kase ... Shimizu

Shidô Nakamura ... Lieutenant Ito (as Shidou Nakamura)

Hiroshi Watanabe ... Lieutenant Fujita

Takumi Bando ... Captain Tanida

Yuki Matsuzaki ... Nozaki
Takashi Yamaguchi ... Kashiwara

Eijiro Ozaki ... Lieutenant Okubo

Nae ... Hanako
Nobumasa Sakagami ... Admiral Ohsugi

Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Sam (as Lucas Elliot)

Sonny Saito ... Medic Endo (as Sonny Seiichi Saito)
Steve Santa Sekiyoshi ... Kanda
Hiro Abe ... Lt. Colonel Oiso

Toshiya Agata ... Captain Iwasaki
Yoshi Ishii ... Private Yamazaki

Toshi Toda ... Colonel Adachi

Ken Kensei ... Maj. General Hayashi

Ikuma Ando ... Ozawa

Akiko Shima ... Lead Woman

Masashi Nagadoi ... Admiral Ichimaru

Mark Moses ... American Officer

Roxanne Hart ... Officer's Wife
Yoshio Iizuka ... Tired Soldier

Mitsu ... Suicide Soldier (as Mitsu Kurokawa)
Takuji Kuramoto ... Ono

Koji Wada ... Hashimoto
Yoshi Tomo Kaneda ... Japanese Soldier #1 (as Akira Kaneda)
Shoji Hattori ... Japanese Soldier #2
Mark Tadashi Takahashi ... Japanese Soldier #3
Mitsuyuki Oishi ... Japanese Soldier #4

Evan Ellingson ... Kid Marine
Kazuyuki Morosawa ... Ito's Guard
Masayuki Yonezawa ... Ito's Soldier
Hiroshi Tom Tanaka ... Hopeless Soldier

Mathew Botuchis ... American Marine
Yukari Black ... Mother
Daisuke Nagashima ... Prisoner
Kirk Enochs ... Marine Officer

Ryan Kelley ... Marine #2
Jonathan Oliver Sessler ... Marine #3

Michael Lawson ... Marine #4

Taishi Mizuno ... Cave Soldier #1

Daisuke Tsuji ... Cave Soldier #2

Yoshi Ando ... Excavator #1

Yutaka Takeuchi ... Excavator #2
Tsuguo Mizuno ... Lead Excavator
Mark Ofuji ... Kuribayashi's Guard
Hallock Beals ... Marine at Clearing

Ryan Carnes ... Marine at Clearing

Jeremy Glazer ... Marine Lieutenant
Ryoya Katsuyama ... Boy

Masashi Odate ... Cook

London Kim ... Okubo's Soldier

Dick 'Skip' Evans ... Pilot (as Skip Evans)
Wanliss E. Armstrong ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rio Ahn ... Wounded Japanese Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Iris Yamashita (screenplay)

Iris Yamashita (story) &
Paul Haggis (story)

Tadamichi Kuribayashi  book "Picture Letters from Commander in Chief" and
Tsuyoko Yoshido  book editor "Picture Letters from Commander in Chief"

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Paul Haggis .... executive producer
Robert Lorenz .... producer
Tim Moore .... co-producer
Steven Spielberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kyle Eastwood 
Michael Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Gary Roach  (as Gary D. Roach)
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
James J. Murakami 
 
Set Decoration by
Gary Fettis 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper 
 
Makeup Department
Patricia DeHaney .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney)
Vincent J. Guastini .... burn effects
Zoe Hay .... makeup artist
Stefan Jorgen .... special makeup effects artist
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... key makeup artist (as Eryn Krueger)
Tania McComas .... makeup department head
JoJo Myers Proud .... makeup artist (as JoJo Proud)
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair department head
Dennis Roden .... hair stylist
Dave Snyder .... makeup artist
Christien Tinsley .... special makeup effects artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... third makeup artist (as Rebecca Watchel)
Jay Wejebe .... makeup artist
Roxy D'Alonzo .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tim Moore .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katie Carroll .... second assistant director
Peter Dress .... second second assistant director (as Pete Dress)
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director
Michael Owens .... second unit director
Kent Tsurumaru .... additional second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master
Kai Blomberg .... set dresser
J.C. Brown .... calligraphy consultant (as JC Brown)
J.C. Brown .... scenic artist (as JC Brown)
Pam Cartmel .... art department coordinator
Jaime Castaneda .... greens
Jaime Castellanos .... greens gang boss
James 'JD' Deal .... greensman
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster supervisor
James Fernandez .... on-set dresser
Sara Gardner-Gail .... set decoration buyer
Adrian Gorton .... set designer
Stephen Hanks .... greens
Steven Hanks .... greens gang boss
John Horning .... assistant property master
David Ladish .... set dresser
Steven Ladish .... set dresser
Gary A. Lee .... set designer (as Gary Lee)
Christopher Morente .... greens foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Roger Prater .... stand-by greens
Edward J. Protiva .... construction
Edward J. Protiva .... set dresser
Michael Sexton .... property master
Robert Silcock .... gang boss
Brett C. Smith .... lead man
Paul Weakland .... construction labor foreman
Karl J. Weschta .... assistant property master
Will Ziegenhorn .... art department production assistant
Michael Biggie .... prop painter (uncredited)
Robert M. Bouffard .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Matt Hausmann .... assistant food stylist (uncredited)
James R. Lord .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... supervising dialogue editor (as Dave Arnold)
Bub Asman .... co-supervising sound editor
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
William Cawley .... first assistant sound editor (as Bill Cawley)
Vincent Cirilli .... ProTools engineer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Christopher Flick .... foley editor (as Chris Flick)
Dick Hansen .... utility sound (as Dick Hanson)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor (as Jay Jennings)
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nicholas V. Korda)
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Charles Maynes .... sound designer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Ryan Murphy .... sound mix technician
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Murray .... assistant sound editor
Rupert Nadeau .... assistant adr editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
David Wolowic .... assistant sound editor (as Dave Wolowic)
 
Special Effects by
John J. Downey .... special effects technician
Mike Edmonson .... special effects set coordinator
Mike Edmonson .... special effects supervisor
Jason Hansen .... special effects technician
Brian Hillard .... special effects makeup: Tinsley Transfers
Steve King .... special effects technician (as Steven King)
Steven D. Kline .... special effects technician
James Lacroix .... special effects technician
James Lorimer .... special effects technician (as Jim Lorimer)
Nick Papac .... special effects technician (as Nicholas M. Papac)
David A. Poole .... special effects technician (as David Poole)
Shari Ann Riley .... special effects technician
Steve Riley .... special effects supervisor (as Steven Riley)
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Slavik Anishchenko .... animator
Austen Armus .... render coordinator
Tohda Asuka .... lighting sequence lead: Digital Domain
Geoffrey E. Baumann .... on-set survey and integration lead: Digital Domain (as Geoffrey Baumann)
Eric M. Beaver .... digital compositor (as Eric Beaver)
Joel Behrens .... compositor: Digital Domain
Niki Bern .... compositor
Frank Bonniwell .... animator
Andrew Bradbury .... CG lighting artist: Digital Domain
Matthew E. Butler .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Domain (as Matthew Butler)
Howard Cabalfin .... digital artist
Dan Cobbett .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Chad E. Collier .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Janice Barlow Collier .... dustbuster: Digital Domain (as Janice Barlow)
Brenton Cottman .... matte painter
Shad Davis .... visual effects coordinator
Eric Deinzer .... digital artist
Gareth Dinneen .... compositor: Digital Doman
Hugo Dominguez .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Joshua Doud .... data integration artist
Christina Drahos .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Mark Duckworth .... rotoscope artist
Edgar Díaz .... roto/paint artist: Digital Domain
Jenn Epstein .... digital paint & rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Chad Finnerty .... animator
Jay Frankenberger .... compositor: Digital Domain
Antonio Freire .... production accountant
Robert A.D. Frick .... CG lighting artist: Digital Domain
Brian Gazdik .... digital effects artist: Digital Domain
Swen Gillberg .... computer graphics supervisor: Digital Domain
Mitchell J. Glaser .... visual effects editor
Bryan Grill .... digital effects supervisor
Ian A. Harris .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Marlan Harris .... visual effects
Peter Herlein .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Brad Herman .... digital artist: Digital Domain
David Hodgins .... computer graphics supervisor: Digital Domain
Christopher Holsey .... scan record supervisor
Holly Gregory Horter .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain (as Holly Horter)
Heather Hoyland .... digital compositor
Chia-Chi Hu .... digital compositor
Melissa Huerta .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Steven Hur .... technical assistant
Atsushi Ikarashi .... digital effects artist
Aruna Inversin .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Dag Ivarsoy .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Sarahjane Javelo .... digital paint/rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Jaimie Lee Jota .... senior digital coordinator: Digital Domain (as Jaimie Jota)
Gabriella Urbina Kalaitzidis .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Jeff Kim .... digital compositor
Seunghyuk Kim .... digital effects artist: Digital Domain (as Seung Hyuk Kim)
Viviana Kim .... lead rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Michelle Ladd .... motion capture director
Paul Lambert .... digital compositor
Errol Lanier .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Mårten Larsson .... visual effects lead
Julian Levi .... visual effects producer
Robert Liscombe .... digital artist
Jo Lockman .... dustbuster
Jo Lockman .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Ross MacKenzie .... lead 3D integration artist: Digital Domain
Michael Maker .... 3D integration artist: Digital Domain
Michael Maloney .... digital compositor
Rory McLeish .... CG lighting artist: Digital Domain
Daniel Mejia .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Michael Melchiorre .... senior digital compositor
Rohini Montenegro .... 3D integration artist: Digital Domain
Marc Morissette .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Daniel Moy .... digital artist
Jihyun Nam .... visual effects
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Winfield O'Brien .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Domain
Melanie Okamura .... lead CG modeler: Digital Domain
Kym Olsen .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Michael Owens .... visual effects supervisor
Marlo Pabon .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Louis Paré .... digital lighting artist
Lou Pecora .... lead digital compositor: Digital Domain
Eric Petey .... animator
Darren Poe .... compositing supervisor (as Darren M. Poe)
Youngil Pyo .... digital effects artist: Digital Domain
Youngil Pyo .... digital terrain lead: Digital Domain
Thomas Reppen .... digital effects artist: Digital Domain
Penny Runge .... visual effects coordinator
David Sanchez .... 3D integration artist: Digital Domain
Christopher Savides .... color grader: Digital Domain
Tom Schultz .... data integration pool lead: Digital Domain
Diana Sear .... CG lighting artist: Digital Domain
Jason Selfe .... lead compositor: Digital Domain
Stan Seo .... matte painter: Digital Domain
Lisa Spence .... digital producer
Tamara Stone .... digital compositor
Åsa Svedberg .... lighter
Sebastian Sylwan .... director of technology: Digital Domain
Andy Tamandl .... animator: Digital Domain (as Andrew Tamandl)
Hanzhi Tang .... lighting lead
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Fin Teo .... digital texture lead
John Textor .... executive: Digital Domain
Jen Underdahl .... digital coordinator
John Velazquez .... animator
Scott Vosbury .... digital paint & rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor
Virginia Wilson .... digital effects coordinator: Digital Domain
Deborah Wiltman .... digital compositor
Michelle Winze .... production coordinator (as Michelle Jacobs)
Paul Winze .... visual effects coordinator
Midori Witsken .... digital artist: Digital Domain (as Midori Otsubo)
Matthias Wittmann .... animation lead: Digital Domain
Pam Wong .... 3D integration artist: Digital Domain
Niki Yoblonski .... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Jesse James Chisholm .... on-set survey and data integration: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Lisa de la Garza .... visual effects senior staff: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Amanda Hampton .... pipeline engineer (uncredited)
Molly Hansen .... visual effects business affairs (uncredited)
Bill Schaeffer .... digital paint and rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Kristen Swanson .... dustbuster: Digital Domain (uncredited)
David Wu .... roto/paint artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brian Avery .... utility stunts
Dan Brown .... utility stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunts (as Richard L. Bucher)
Steve Chang .... stunts
Ilram Choi .... stunts
Arnold Chun .... stunt performer
Lauren Dennis .... utility stunts
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunts
Colin Follenweider .... utility stunts
Daniel Forcey .... utility stunts
Al Goto .... stunts
Michael Hugghins .... stunts
Yoshio Iizuka .... stunt performer
Steven Ito .... stunt performer
Samuel Le .... utility stunts (as Xuyen Sammy Valdivia)
Will Leong .... stunts
Scott Leva .... utility stunts
Eddie Matthews .... stunt performer
Mark McDaniels .... utility stunts
Dustin Meier .... stunts (as Dustin J. Meier)
Anthony Molinari .... utility stunts
T. Ryan Mooney .... utility stunts
Thomas Isao Morinaka .... stunt performer
Samuel Reynolds .... utility stunts
Simon Rhee .... stunt performer
Sam Situmorang .... stunts
McKay Stewart .... stunts
Dennis Y. Takeda .... stunt performer (as Dennis Yukio Takeda)
Chris Torres .... utility stunts
Jon Valera .... stunts (as John Valera)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Tyler Vogt .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Buzzy Burwell .... lamp operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Trevor Carroll-Coe .... film loader
Robert Chinello .... grip
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Doug Dole .... grip
Julie Donovan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ross Dunkerley .... gaffer
Jason C. Fitzgerald .... additional set lighting technician
Sheila Greene .... set electrician
Mitch Gulbin .... grip
John Lacy .... assistant chief lighting technician
David Luckenbach .... camera operator: "b" camera
Richard Masino .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Robert A. McMahan)
Brian Minzlaff .... lamp operator
Liz Radley .... camera operator: high definition camera
Wally Rowell .... rigging electrician
Charles Saldana .... key grip
T. Daniel Scaringi .... key rigging grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... grip
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... rigging grip
Doug Wall .... best boy grip
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Laura Drake Mancini .... extras casting assistant
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting associate
Yumi Takada .... casting associate
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Corey Bronson .... set costumer
Ann Culotta .... set costumer
Daniel Dirks .... set costumer (as Danny Dirks)
Matthew Jerome .... costumer
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costume supervisor (as Mitchell Kenney)
Andrea Knaub .... set costumer (as Andrea R. Knaub)
Jack Taggart .... head ager and dyer
John M. 'Jack' Wright .... costume supervisor (as Jack Wright)
 
Editorial Department
Ron Barr .... digital intermediate editor
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital film colorist
Michael Cipriano .... assistant editor
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate producer
Blu Murray .... first assistant editor
Hailey Murray .... post-production assistant
Mark Sahagun .... digital editor
Kurt Smith .... color timer
 
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Donald Harris .... music editor (as Don Harris)
Andrew McCormack .... musician: piano
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator
Richard Wheeler Jr. .... scoring crew
 
Transportation Department
Nicholas Acquaviva .... driver
Michael DePue .... driver: generator
Doug Dovichi .... driver
Per Jansson .... production driver
Shelly Little Feather .... driver
Mike Ortiz .... driver: greens
Frank Porras .... transportation
Kirk Roberts .... driver
Domiciano Rodriquez .... transportation co-captain
Alana Stelling .... transportation captain
Larry Stelling .... transportation coordinator
Dillin Craig .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Yoshi Ando .... adr voice artist
Steve Beimler .... location manager
Michael Bilog .... first assistant accountant
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Ben Bohling .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Brinton Bryan .... key set production assistant
Paul A. Calabria .... animal wrangler (as Paul Calabria)
James D. Dever .... military technical advisor: Japan/USA
Hitomi Durant .... production assistant
David Fencl .... key armorer
Michaël Gojon dit Martin .... armorer
Jason Gondek .... production accountant
Danielle Hartzell .... assistant production coordinator
Leo Hernandez .... security supervisor (as Leo A. Hernandez)
Tom Hogan .... key assistant location manager
Tom Hogin .... key assistant location manager
Judie Hoyt .... production executive: Malpaso (as Judie G. Hoyt)
Kiko Ireton .... cultural advisor: Japan
Yuki Ishimaru .... interpreter
Yuki Ishimaru .... script translator
Nancy G. James .... key craft service
Linda Kai .... key assistant location manager
Don Kincade .... set production aide
Kristie Macosko Krieger .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg (as Kristie Macosko)
Mable Lawson-McCrary .... script supervisor (as Mable Lawson McCrary)
Thomas Longo .... extras coordinator
Deana Lou .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Jessica Meier .... additional assistant production office coordinator
Matt Miller .... additional set production assistant
Meg Mimura .... technical advisor
Tom Minder .... assistant military advisor
Tom Minder .... assistant military technical advisor
Steven R. Molen .... head of production
Joy Nakagawa .... interpreter
Greg Newman .... assistant: Mr. Lorenz
Alexander Nicksay .... high definition coordinator
Phyllis Overall .... staff assistant
Nick Papac .... armorer
Denise Anderson Poore .... production assistant
Ferguson Reid .... set medic (as Dr. Ferguson Reid)
Ron Resch .... set medic (as Ronny Resch)
Jenniphur Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Gian Sardar .... assistant: Mr. Haggis
Taffy Schweickhardt .... payroll accountant
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
Takae Shimizu .... interpreter
Yoshi Shioya .... english coach: Japan
Linda Stelling .... set medic
Miker Stovall .... additional assistant production coordinator
Yoshikuni Taki .... production supervisor: Japan
Quay Terry .... assistant military technical advisor (as SSgt. Quay Terry Ret.)
Landon Trawny .... accounting clerk
John Trujillo .... layout board
Stephanie Whallon .... second assistant accountant
Jim Wheelan .... assistant location manager: Barstow, Pisgah locations (as James H. Wheelan)
Robert Boas .... i/o support (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for graphic war violence
Runtime:
141 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) (original rating) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:18SG (DVD) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Africa:16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #43136)
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Trivia:
Originally titled "Red Sun, Black Sand".See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In the second-to-last scene, the captured Japanese soldier is taken to the American landing zones, which were exclusively on the east of Iwo Jima, just north of Mt. Suribachi. The soldier, Saigo, then witnesses the sun 'setting' in the east, not the west.See more »
Quotes:
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi:[Tadamichi turns up in time to stop Ito from beheading Saigo and Shimizu] I don't want you to kill my soldiers needlessly. Put down your sword. Put it down!
[Ito sheathes his katana and salutes]
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi:What's going on here?
Lieutenant Ito:These men ran from Suribachi.
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi:Lt. Ito, I gave the order that all survivors retreat to the north caves.
Lieutenant Ito:[embarrassed] I am very sorry, General. It's just... Suribachi... has fallen.
[Tadamichi rushes to a cave opening and sees Mount Suribachi from a distance, with a U.S flag raised on the summit]
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126 out of 156 people found the following review useful.
unlike 'Flags', this time Clint Eastwood's war epic has more cohesion in its complexities, and a stronger punch with its theme, 14 January 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It was worth it for producer/director Clint Eastwood to tackle on a second part to his now two-part duo of Iwo Jima movies. With Flags of Our Fathers Eastwood tried for very ambitious ground in covering what it's like for Americans to fight a war worth fighting for but with life's value undermined in the scope of preserving the 'grander' scheme of things like the flag on the mountain. Unfortunately, the screenplay with that film was also muddled and denied Eastwood's usually assured hand as a storyteller and conveyor of proper moods. But with Letters From Iwo Jima, a slightly radical departure from the usual American-directed war picture by showing the action totally from the side of the "other", there's a stronger sense of what it meant for the Japanese to fight this war, and the nature of sacrifice and what it means to oneself in relation to one's society, national pride, and to one's mind-set. And, this time, the screenplay doesn't do TOO MUCH of a jumping-around method with the narrative. It's visceral in scope and personal in tone, and there's always an assured hand in dealing with the performances and characters.

We're also shown, unlike in other war films, how the home-field advantage doesn't always yield positive results. Even though the Japanese had Iwo Jima, and had the capabilities to defend it for a little while, without reinforcements it would be all for not (this is compounded with some of the most tragic irony when towards the end the General Kuribayashi listens to a radio broadcast of children singing a song meant for hope of success in a battle that those on the mainland have already abandoned). No matter what though Kuribayashi believes in his men, no matter how in spots morale is already low when the digging on the beaches begin. Saigo, a lowly peasant, is a part of the fight, and for chunks of the film we see the battle from where he stands, even as he doesn't look on it too optimistically. Plans are made, the General orders for tunnels to be dug in the center of the island against advisement (though under good thought to do so), and then even before the ships and huge fleet of troops land comes the bombs from the air. The desperation, as the battle continues and trudges on, becomes almost too crushing for the weakest of the soldiers, and soon all thoughts of cohesion within the ranks breaks apart.

It's in many of these scenes that Eastwood garners his most dramatically charged moments in either one of the Iwo Jima movies. Maybe it's almost too easy though- when seeing this movie, taking out of context what was shown in 'Flags', one might think that the Americans had the battle on a silver platter. But taken back into context there's a greater sense of loss on the enemy side, not just of life but of what it means to fight for a cause that is never totally explained, to an Emperor practically all of these soldiers wont see or meet, and that to kill oneself is a brave act against the odds. The scene where many soldiers in the cave kill themselves with grenades- and then with two of the soldiers finally deciding that this is insanity and fleeing from the bodies- is very affecting. Then added to this, we see the letters being written, how the humanity of these people can never be denied no matter how hopeless their situation seemed to get. Sometimes we're also provided with flashbacks for some of the characters (some, like a man talking to his unborn child in his wife's womb, are too atypical, but there is one that leaves a very lasting impression involving the murdering of a dog- a scene that left people in the theater gasping even after so much battle carnage already happened).

Though mostly we're stuck in these caves and tunnels with these soldiers- one of the exceptions of this, Shimizu, was in said scene with the dog- there are other small vignettes, like the lieutenant who decides to break away to strap some explosives on himself to blow up an enemy cannon, only to fall asleep, and once awakened forgetting the whole act. And, of course, the ones who could not think of any other way- in fact seeing it treasonous otherwise- than to not sacrifice oneself for the homeland. All the while the acting is always competent, sometimes even ranging into the brilliant, and with Ken Watanabe delivering some of the finest notes of emotion (and also holding back emotion or hiding a real emotion) that I've seen from him thus far. And as far as the technical side, Eastwood and his crew have created an appropriately very dark looking picture, with the color desaturated so as to look like it's not really black and white but as if the life has been sucked out so as to look terminally gray (if that makes sense), with the battle footage somehow even more convincing than in 'Flags'.

So in the end, the two Iwo Jima movies bring up a lot to ponder about what it is to fight in war, what it means to be akin to the varying degrees of nationalism, and how it affects the psyche of people who were plucked from very normal lives into circumstances of perpetual death and, if one lives, the memories. While one doesn't really need the framing of it being 2005 at the end and beginning of the film, there's enough here to mark it as a significant, fascinating achievement for the filmmaker.

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