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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ken Watanabe
Kazunari Ninomiya
Tsuyoshi Ihara
Ryo Kase
Shido Nakamura
Yuki Matsuzaki
Hiroshi Watanabe
Takumi Bando
Nobumasa Sakagami
Takashi Yamaguchi
Nae Yuuki
Directors
Clint Eastwood
Screenwriters
Iris Yamashita
Running Time
140 minutes

Letters From Iwo Jima
Intimate and even-handed portrayal of this WW II battle from Clint.


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Letters From Iwo Jima

Plot
The story of the 35-day World War II battle for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, told from the perspective of its defenders, including unconventional Lt. General Kuribayashi (Watanabe), conscripted baker Saigo (Ninomiya) and ex-military policeman Shimizu (Kase).


Verdict
A sharper account of the Iwo Jima conflict than Flags, this balances its unflinching handling of the horrors of war with its touching portrayal of those who face them.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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