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Saturday, November 04, 2006


This is coolbert:

Here is the sequel to "Flags Of Our Fathers".

"Letters From Iwo Jima". The battle from the perspective of the Japanese.

Is to be released in Japan this December. To be released in the U.S. this coming February.

Again, directed by Clint Eastwood. Clint has done himself proud. He should justifiably rank as one of the all-time greats in the film making business. At several levels.

Ken Watanabe in the role of General Kuribayashi.

Read the comments of Clint concerning the sequel. Comments made during an interview in Japan.

"He [Clint] also recalls the war films he grew up watching . . . 'One side was good and one side was the villain'. Well, we know that war just isn't like that. Eastwood hopes to correct that perception with his most ambitious project to date . . . two films that deal with the bloody battle on Iwo Jima. The first, "Flags of Our Fathers", shows the U.S. point of view, while the second film, "Letters From Iwo Jima" tells the story from the Japanese side of the battle."

"I read as many books as I could on the subject and started to get interested in the unique defensive strategy employed by Lt-Gen Tadamichi Kuribayashi. I wanted to know more him and his men, and the more I read, the more similarities I could see among young people on both sides, whose lives were interrupted by and in many cases, terminated by the war."

"I'm more interested in exploring what it did to the people who were there and the inner conflict in their lives."

"Watanabe said his biggest task was to get inside the mind of Kuribayashi and try and understand what he was thinking. He also expressed hope that both films will help people both abroad and in Japan to understand what it was like for Japan during that period in history."

Most of the filming took place in California with only a little bit actually done on Iwo Jima . . . 'I [Clint] was the only non-Japanese-speaking person within miles', Eastwood said of the shoot on Iwo Jima. 'But this ensemble of actors is as good as any I have ever worked with. Their work ethic made it a pleasant experience for all of us, even if I didn't understand a word they were saying.'"

How is THAT for movie making!!??



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