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Letters from Iwo Jima is based on a screenplay by Japanese-American screenwriter Iris Yamashita. She based her screenplay on two nonfiction books: (1) 'Gyokusai Soshireikan' no Etegami [ English: Picture letters from the Commander in Chief ] (2002) by General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (who is played by Ken Watanabe), and (2) So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War (2005) by Kumiko Kakehashi.
Iwo Jima (now Iwo To) is a volcano Island in the northwest Pacific Ocean south of Japan and east of Taiwan.
It was filmed mostly in Barstow and Bakersfield in California. A skeleton crew was allowed only one day to make on-location shots on Iwo Jima, and that was only after being given special permission from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, because more than 10,000 missing Japanese soldiers still rest under the soil.
Letters from Iwo Jima portrays the battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers and is a companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers (2006), which depicts the same battle from the American viewpoint. Both films are directed by Clint Eastwood.
Understand it? No. Both films can be viewed as stand-alone movies. However, it's better to watch them both (no matter the order), because the point of making them was to show different points of view of one event. Most critics agree that both films manage to make the audience root for both the Americans and the Japanese.
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