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Letters from Iwo Jima ()


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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.

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General Kuribayashi
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Saigo
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Baron Nishi
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Shimizu (as Ryô Kase)
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Lieutenant Ito (as Shidou Nakamura)
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Lieutenant Fujita
Takumi Bando ...
Captain Tanida
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Nozaki
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Kashiwara
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Lieutenant Okubo
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Hanako
Nobumasa Sakagami ...
Admiral Ohsugi
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Sam (as Lucas Elliot)
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Medic Endo (as Sonny Seiichi Saito)
Steve Santa Sekiyoshi ...
Kanda
Hiro Abe ...
Lt. Colonel Oiso
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Captain Iwasaki
Yoshi Ishii ...
Private Yamazaki
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Colonel Adachi
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Maj. General Hayashi
Ikuma Ando ...
Ozawa
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Lead Woman
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Admiral Ichimaru
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American Officer
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Officer's Wife
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Tired Soldier
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Suicide Soldier (as Mitsu Kurokawa)
Takuji Kuramoto ...
Ono
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Hashimoto (as Koji Wada)
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
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Kid Marine
Kazuyuki Morosawa ...
Ito's Guard
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Ito's Soldier
Hiroshi Tom Tanaka ...
Hopeless Soldier
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American Marine
Yukari Black ...
Mother
Daisuke Nagashima ...
Prisoner
Kirk Enochs ...
Marine Officer
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Marine #2
Jonathan Oliver Sessler ...
Marine #3
Michael Lawson ...
Marine #4
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Cave Soldier #1
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Cave Soldier #2
Yoshi Ando ...
Excavator #1
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Excavator #2
Tsuguo Mizuno ...
Lead Excavator
Mark Ofuji ...
Kuribayashi's Guard
Hallock Beals ...
Marine at Clearing
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Marine at Clearing
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Marine Lieutenant
Ryoya Katsuyama ...
Boy
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Cook
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Okubo's Soldier
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Pilot (as Skip Evans)
Wanliss E. Armstrong ...
Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rio Ahn ...
Wounded Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
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American Officer (uncredited) (voice)
Satch Watanabe ...
Prisoner (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Clint Eastwood

Written by

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Iris Yamashita ... (screenplay)
 
Iris Yamashita ... (story) &
Paul Haggis ... (story)
 
Tadamichi Kuribayashi ... (book "Picture Letters from Commander in Chief")
Tsuyoko Yoshido ... (book editor "Picture Letters from Commander in Chief")

Produced by

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Clint Eastwood ... producer
Paul Haggis ... executive producer
Robert Lorenz ... producer
Tim Moore ... co-producer
Steven Spielberg ... producer

Music by

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Kyle Eastwood
Michael Stevens

Cinematography by

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Tom Stern ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Joel Cox
Gary Roach ... (as Gary D. Roach)

Editorial Department

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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
Tim Safarik ... dailies: Colorist
Mark Sahagun ... digital editor
Kurt Smith ... color timer

Casting By

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Phyllis Huffman

Production Design by

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Henry Bumstead
James J. Murakami

Set Decoration by

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Gary Fettis

Costume Design by

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Deborah Hopper

Makeup Department

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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

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Tim Moore ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Scott M. Anderson ... assistant property master
Kai Blomberg ... set dresser
J.C. Brown ... calligraphy consultant (as JC 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
Steven Hanks ... greens gang boss / greens (as Stephen Hanks)
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 / 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

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David A. Arnold ... supervising dialogue editor (as Dave Arnold)
Bub Asman ... co-supervising sound editor
David E. Campbell ... 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 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 R.W. Murray ... assistant sound editor (as Kevin Murray)
Rupert Nadeau ... assistant adr editor
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer
Jordan O'Neill ... dts sound mastering engineer
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
Brian Seagrave ... audio conform
Randy Singer ... foley mixer
Karen Spangenberg ... dialogue editor
Shawn Sykora ... foley editor
David Wolowic ... assistant sound editor (as Dave Wolowic)

Special Effects by

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John J. Downey ... special effects technician
Mike Edmonson ... special effects set coordinator / 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

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Austen Armus ... render coordinator
Tohda Asuka ... lighting sequence lead: Digital Domain
Geoffrey Baumann ... on-set survey and integration lead: Digital Domain
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
Jessica Harris ... digital compositor
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 ... senior compositor: digital domain
Chia-Chi Hu ... digital compositor
Melissa Huerta ... rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Steven Hur ... technical assistant
Slavik IA ... animator (as Slavik Anishchenko)
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-Finnerty ... 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 / 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 / digital terrain lead: Digital Domain
Thomas Reppen ... digital effects artist: Digital Domain
Penny Runge ... visual effects coordinator
David S. Sanchez ... 3D integration artist: Digital Domain (as David Sanchez)
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: Digital Domain
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: Digital Domain
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)
William Schaeffer ... digital paint and rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Kristen Swanson ... dustbuster: Digital Domain (uncredited)
David Wu ... roto/paint artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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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

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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
David S. Cox ... camera p.a.
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

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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

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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)

Location Management

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Steve Beimler ... location manager
Tom Hogan ... key assistant location manager
Tom Hogin ... key assistant location manager
Linda Kai ... key assistant location manager
Jim Wheelan ... assistant location manager: Barstow, Pisgah locations (as James H. Wheelan)

Music Department

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Robert Fernandez ... scoring mixer
Donald Harris ... music editor (as Don Harris)
Andrew McCormack ... musician: piano
Lennie Niehaus ... conductor / orchestrator
Ryan Robinson ... scoring technical support engineer
Richard Wheeler Jr. ... scoring crew

Transportation Department

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Nicholas Acquaviva ... driver
Michael DePue ... driver: generator
Doug Dovichi ... driver
Per Jansson ... production driver
Shelly Little Feather ... driver
Chuck Martinez ... driver
Mike Ortiz ... driver: greens
Frank Porras ... transportation
Kirk Roberts ... transportation
Domiciano Rodriquez ... transportation co-captain
Alana Stelling ... transportation captain
Larry Stelling ... transportation coordinator
Dillin Craig ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Yoshi Ando ... adr voice artist
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)
Judie Hoyt ... production executive: Malpaso (as Judie G. Hoyt)
Kiko Ireton ... cultural advisor: Japan
Yuki Ishimaru ... interpreter / script translator
Nancy G. James ... key craft service
Don Kincade ... set production aide
Mable Lawson-McCrary ... script supervisor (as Mable Lawson McCrary)
Thomas Longo ... extras coordinator
Deana Lou ... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Kristie Macosko Krieger ... assistant: Mr. Spielberg (as Kristie Macosko)
John Malakoff ... production travel consultant
Jessica Meier ... additional assistant production office coordinator
Matt Miller ... additional set production assistant
Meg Mimura ... technical advisor
Tom Minder ... assistant military advisor / 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
Yoshiaki Shioya ... english coach: Japan (as Yoshi Shioya)
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
Robert Boas ... i/o support (uncredited)
Hideo Kimura ... adr voice artist (uncredited)
Natsuko Toda ... subtitle translator: japanese (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines The battle of Iwo Jima seen through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Red Sun, Black Sand (United States)
  • Lettres d'Iwo Jima (France)
  • Cartas desde Iwo Jima (Spain)
  • Dopisy z Iwo Jimy (Czech Republic)
  • Levelek Ivo Dzsimáról (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 141 min
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Box Office

Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $122,548, 24 Dec 2006
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $68,673,228

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Trivia Shot back-to-back with Flags of our Fathers (2006). See more »
Goofs During the rainstorm about 25 minutes into the movie, several soldiers disembark from a plane. The first soldier's clothing is nice and dry before he steps out into the rain but the second two already have wet jackets, suggesting this was not the first take of this scene. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007). See more »
Quotes Baron Nishi: [reading the letter from the mother of Sam, the dead marine] And always do what's right because it's right.
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