Letters from Iwo Jima

Synopsis: The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 37 nominations.
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141 min

from the Combined Fleet then.

Is this the current defense plan?

And what about the Army troops?

Where will they be stationed?

I don't know exactly.

They are under independent

command of Colonel Adachi.

You have not coordinated

your plans with the Army?

According to Navy rules,

until the enemy lands...

This is a real war!

You are aware of that, aren't you?

This will not work.

You are concentrating all

your efforts on the beaches.

- Move the artillery to higher ground.

- But, sir, we just had them...

moved down to the beaches.

Well, move them back.

Coordinate with the Army

and have them start immediately.

Fortifications at Suribachi are the priority.

I'm going to walk some more.

- It's pitch black out there, sir.

- I know.

This one is trouble.

Army commanders usually are, sir.

Another letter?

You know that the mail only goes out

when there's a boat available?

I have a lot of family.

Then how come all your letters

are addressed to your wife?


Here, let me do you a favor.

Otherwise, your letters

will never make it through.

Hey, what are you doing?

I used to work at the censorship office

in Tokyo before I was transferred.

You mean demoted.

"To Hanako:
We soldiers dig.

We dig all day."

No, no, no. This will never pass.

Give me that back!

There. You'll thank me

for this later, Saigo.



Are you blind?

Can't you see the target?

Even my six-year-old could

shoot better than you do.

Do it again!

You're an embarrassment!

You call yourself an Imperial soldier?

Tonight you will clean the boots

of your entire troop.

Go to the rear!

They should learn to clean their guns

properly, rather than their boots.

What are those tanks doing here?

Those are out of commission, sir.

They are waiting for parts.

- For how long?

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Iris Yamashita

Iris Yamashita is a Japanese-American screenwriter. She was hired by Clint Eastwood to write the Japanese side of the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima, once rumored to be titled Lamps Before the Wind, then called Red Sun, Black Sand, before being released as Letters from Iwo Jima. She was nominated in 2007 for the Academy Award for Original Screenplay. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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