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Letters From Iwo Jima

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Original title
Letters From Iwo Jima
Running time
141 min.
United States United States
Paul Haggis, Iris Yamahsita
Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Tom Stern
Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, Malpaso Productions, Amblin Entertainment
War | II World War
Letters From Iwo Jima is a recreation of the events that transpired during the American invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II, as told from the Japanese perspective. In February of 1945, some 22,000 Japanese troops defended the island against the overwhelming American forces that outnumbered them nearly five to one. Like a memoir, the film will follow the personal stories of two close friends serving in the Japanese army as they fight for survival throughout the battles and are forced to watch helplessly as their closest comrades succumb to unavoidable deaths. The story will also revolve around real-life Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe), who continued to defend the island with his forces even as the fighting drew close to its inevitable conclusion.
Rankings Position
2006: 1 Oscar: Best Sound Editing. 4 Nominations, including Best Movie & Director
2006: Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Picture. 2 Nominations
2006: National Board of Review: Best Movie
2006: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Director
2006: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture. 3 Nominations
2006: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2006: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film. 3 Nominations
2006: Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Language Film. 5 Nom.
2006: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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