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Letters from Iwo Jima

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Title: Letters from Iwo Jima
Type: BD-50
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: May 22, 2007
Country: US
Region: ABC
Video: 1080p/VC-1 (2.35)
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1: Japanese
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Bonuses: Featurettes, Photo Montage, Theatrical Trailer
Photo by: Metatron

About: 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 thatin all probability they will not come back. Amongthem are Saigo, a baker who wants only to live tosee 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 notyet 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 thansheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi's unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloodydefeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat. Almost 7,000 American soldiers were killed on Iwo Jima; more than 20,000 Japanese troopsperished. The black sands of Iwo Jima are stainedwith their blood, but their sacrifices, their struggles, their courage and their compassion live onin the letters they sent home. From Academy Awardwinner 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.

Video: 5
Audio: 5
Supplements: 2
HD Bonus: 0
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