Based on the book "Picture letters from Commander in Chief" by Tadamichi Kuribayashi and book editor Tsuyoko Yoshido.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006.
Director of photography, Tom Stern ; editors, Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach ; music, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens ; costume designer, Deborah Hopper ; production designers, Henry Bumstead, James J. Murakami.
Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki, Takashi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki.
In 1945, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, hundreds of 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. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. 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.
MPAA rating: R; for graphic war violence.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, dual-layer, DVD-9.
Japanese dialogue with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Academy Awards, USA, 2007: Oscar - Best Achievement in Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman).
Golden Globes, USA, 2007: Golden Globe - Best Foreign language Film.
|Letters from Iwo Jima ©2006
Warner Home Video, (Burbank, Calif. :) 2 videodiscs (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.