The battle of Iwo Jima seen through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers.

"Do not expect to return home alive."

General Tadamichi Kuribayashi

Letters from Iwo Jima

Release Date: February 2, 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima is a powerful companion film to Flags of Our Fathers, showing the brutal conflict on the tiny, desolate island of Iwo Jima from the opposing Japanese forces’ perspective.

Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood (Bridges of Madison County) directs the untold story of Japanese soldiers defending their homeland against invading American forces during World War II. With little defense beyond sheer will and the volcanic rock of Iwo Jima itself, the tactics of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) and his men transform what might have been swift defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic, resourceful combat. Their sacrifices, struggles, courage and compassion live on in this taut and gripping film.

Working with an international cadre of talents, including screenwriter Iris Yamashita (based on a story by Yamashita and Flags co-screenwriter Paul Haggis), Eastwood not only set out to tell the opposite military’s perspective and experiences of the lengthy, harrowing battle on Iwo Jima, but in the Japanese soldiers' own language. While representing war from multiple vantages for the cinema is not wholly without precedent, Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers together form a truly unique, must-see mirror of two sides in conflict in thoughtful ways that help us toward understanding rather than vilification.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • Ken Watanabe,
  • Kazunari Ninomiya,
  • Tsuyoshi Ihara,
  • Ryo Kase,
  • Shidou Nakamura,
  • Hiroshi Watanabe
DIRECTOR
  • CLINT EASTWOOD
SCREENWRITERS
  • IRIS YAMASHITA,
  • STORY BY IRIS YAMASHITA & PAUL HAGGIS,
  • BASED ON THE BOOK BY TADAMICHI KURIBAYASHI AND TSUYOKO YOSHIDO
PRODUCERS
  • CLINT EASTWOOD,
  • ROBERT LORENZ,
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • TOM STERN
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • HENRY BUMSTEAD,
  • JAMES J. MURAKAMI
COSTUMER DESIGNER
  • DEBORAH HOPPER
EDITORS
  • JOEL COX,
  • GARY D. ROACH
COMPOSER
  • KYLE EASTWOOD,
  • MICHAEL STEVENS