Letters from Iwo Jima

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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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • General Tadamichi Kuribayashi: Ken Watanabe
  • Private Saigo: Kazunari Ninomiya
  • Colonel Baron Nishi: Tsuyoshi Ihara
  • Private Shimizu: Ryo Kase
  • Lieutenant Ito: Shidô Nakamura
  • Lieutenant Fujita: Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Lieutenant Okubo: Eijiro Ozaki
  • Sam: Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Private Nozaki: Yuki Matsuzaki
  • Lt. Colonel Oiso: Hiroshi Abe
  • Medic Endo: Sonny Saito
  • Kanda: Steve Santa Sekiyoshi
  • Captain Iwasaki: Toshiya Agata
  • Colonel Adachi: Toshi Toda
  • Maj. General Hayashi: Ken Kensei
  • Ozawa: Ikuma Ando
  • Lead Woman: Akiko Shima
  • Admiral Ichimaru: Masashi Nagadoi
  • Marine at Clearing: Ryan Carnes
  • Captain Tanida: Takumi Bando

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Clint Eastwood
  • Production Design: Henry Bumstead
  • Set Designer: Adrian Gorton
  • Editor: Joel Cox
  • Casting: Phyllis Huffman
  • Sound Editor: Bub Asman
  • Producer: Paul Haggis
  • Director of Photography: Tom Stern
  • Costume Design: Deborah Hopper
  • Producer: Steven Spielberg
  • Production Design: James J. Murakami
  • Producer: Robert Lorenz
  • Screenplay: Iris Yamashita
  • Original Music Composer: Kyle Eastwood
  • Original Music Composer: Michael Stevens
  • Dialogue Editor: Gloria D’Alessandro
  • Stunt Coordinator: Buddy Van Horn
  • ADR Supervisor: Juno J. Ellis
  • Makeup Department Head: Tania McComas
  • Sound Designer: Charles Maynes
  • First Assistant Editor: Blu Murray
  • Camera Operator: Liz Radley
  • Gaffer: Ross Dunkerley
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Peter Dress
  • Foley: Robin Harlan
  • Property Master: Michael Sexton
  • Costume Supervisor: Mitchell Ray Kenney
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: David E. Campbell
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Gregg Rudloff
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: John T. Reitz
  • Transportation Captain: Alana Stelling
  • Transportation Coordinator: Larry Stelling
  • Foley: Sarah Monat
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Alan Robert Murray
  • Art Department Coordinator: Pam Cartmel
  • Greensman: James ‘JD’ Deal
  • Set Designer: Gary A. Lee
  • Dialogue Editor: Lucy Coldsnow-Smith
  • Boom Operator: Flash Deros
  • Dialogue Editor: Karen Spangenberg
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Matthew E. Butler
  • Visual Effects Producer: Julian Levi
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Michael Owens
  • Camera Operator: Stephen S. Campanelli
  • Camera Operator: David Luckenbach
  • Still Photographer: Merie Weismiller Wallace
  • Costume Supervisor: John M. ‘Jack’ Wright
  • Color Timer: Kurt Smith
  • Digital Intermediate: Bruce Lomet
  • Transportation Co-Captain: Domiciano Rodriquez
  • Location Manager: Steve Beimler
  • Script Supervisor: Mable Lawson-McCrary
  • Supervising Dialogue Editor: David A. Arnold
  • ADR Editor: Nicholas Korda
  • Visual Effects: Hugo Dominguez
  • Sound Mixer: Walt Martin

Movie Reviews:

  • r96sk: I was hoping it would entertain me as much as ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ had – and I’m pleased to say it did!

    I’d say that aforementioned release pips this companion piece, but the difference in quality is virtually indistinguishable – both are very good films. Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya and Ryo Kase all give excellent performances, I enjoyed that trio throughout ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’.

    It’s really cool to see the Japanese point of view of the Battle of Iwo Jima, having previously seen the American view last time out. It’s also pleasing that the film portrays this side of the story correctly and tells the tale in Japanese, despite being an all-American production. The film reportedly did well in Japan, which I guess confirms that it did a respectable job.

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