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Letters from Iwo Jima Updates!

Published December 5, 2006 in Movie Stills
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros.
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With December now in full gear, Warner Bros has kick started the marketing machine for the upcoming Eastwood installment Letters from Iwo Jima and the first set of updates look dark and glorious.

Movie Poster & Stills: Letters from Iwo Jima


Sixty-one years ago, US and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, several hundred letters are unearthed from that stark island’s soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them.

The Japanese soldiers are sent to Iwo Jima knowing that in all probability they will not come back. Among them are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker who wants only to live to see the face of his newborn daughter; Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), an Olympic equestrian champion known around the world for his skill and his honor; Shimizu (Ryo Kase), a young former military policeman whose idealism has not yet been tested by war; and Lieutenant Ito (Shidou Nakamura), a strict military man who would rather accept suicide than surrender.

Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe), whose travels in America have revealed to him the hopeless nature of the war but also given him strategic insight into how to take on the vast American armada streaming in from across the Pacific.


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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe as General Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima


Letters from Iwo Jima Tsuyoshi Ihara as Baron Nishi in Letters from Iwo Jima

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Letters from Iwo Jima Ryo Kase as Shimizu in Letters from Iwo Jima

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Letters from Iwo Jima Kazunari Ninomiya as Saigo in Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima Shidou Nakamura as Lieutenant Ito in Letters from Iwo Jima

With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi’s unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat.

Almost 7,000 American soldiers were killed on Iwo Jima; more than 20,000 Japanese troops perished. The black sands of Iwo Jima are stained with their blood, but their sacrifices, their struggles, their courage and their compassion live on in the letters they sent home.

From Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) comes the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their General who defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima.

Warner Bros has released a warship full of stills for Letters, so expect a couple photo albums coming shortly.

Letters from Iwo Jima opens to theatres on December 20th.

For the trailers, posters, latest news and more movie info, go to the Letters from Iwo Jima Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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