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, a baker who wants only to live to see the face of his newborn daughter; Baron Nishi, an Olympic equestrian champion known around the world for his skill and his honor; Shimizu, a young former military policeman whose idealism has not yet been tested by war; and Lieutenant Ito, a strict military man who would rather accept suicide than surrender. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, 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.
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 comes the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their general who defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima.
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of a steel worker, Eastwood was a college dropout from Los Angeles College, attempting a business related degree. He found work in such B-films as Tarantula (1955), and Francis in the Navy (1955) until he got his first breakthrough with the long-running TV series “Rawhide” (1959). As Rowdy Yates, he made the show his own and became a household name around the country.
But Eastwood found even bigger and better things with Per un pugno di dollari (1964) (“A Fistful of Dollars”), and Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) (“For a Few Dollars More”). But it was the second sequel to “A Fistful of Dollars” where he found one of his trademark roles: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) (“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”). The movie was a big hit and he became an instant international star. Eastwood got some excellent roles… read more
Bellissimo.Dipinge in maniera originale l'immenso orrore e la devastante insensatezza della guerra,con uno stile asciutto e coinvolgente,una fotografia impareggiabile(le tenebre delle gallerie..)e una grande caratterizzazione dei personaggi(Watanabe su tutti);tutto concorre a formare un affresco complesso,magnifico e durissimo.Eastwood concede pochissima retorica e aggiunge un altro tassello ai suoi capolavori.4*
Regia meravigliosa, fotografia stupenda. Lettere da Iwo Jima è un film di guerra brutale, privo di retorica ma colmo di ammirazione per un certo tipo di onore tipico dell'esercito giapponese (non tutto, ma quello davvero genuino del personaggio di Watanabe, in stato di grazie con un'interpretazione fuori scala). Emozionante e vivo, con tanti personaggi caratterizzati magnificamente. 4*