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From Clint Eastwood:

"Dear people of Japan,

61 years ago, American and Japanese soldiers battled each other on Iwo Jima.
The tens of thousands of young Japanese and American lives lost during this horrific battle still resonate and affect us, in both our cultures. As I became interested in its story, I first became aware of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, who was the main force in leading the defense of the island from incoming US troops.He was a man of remarkable imagination, individuality, and wit. I had also become interested in the personal lives of the young men who served under him, and how even despite being antagonists, the Japanese and US soldiers mirrored each other in their lives on the battlefield. It was soon after that I decided that this story needed to be told in 2 different projects. I am currently directing two films - Letters From Iwo Jima (Japanese title of Red Sun, Black Sand) and Flags of Our Fathers – 2 films that portray the battle of Iwo Jima.

The first film, Flags of Our Fathers, is seen from the perspective of the American soldiers, and it deals with not only their conflict on the battlefield, but what they experienced when they returned home. In particular, the lives of the 3 surviving soldiers who raised the famous flag, and how that battle took its toll on them. Those men were used and exploited for US military propaganda purposes once they returned home, further adding to the deep emotional scars they brought back from the battlefield.

And the Japanese perspective:
When the young men were shipped off to the island for combat, they already knew their odds for survival - that for every 10 of them, 8 or 9 would not return. Their lives and sacrifices are etched in Japanese history, and deservedly so. It is my hope to make these individuals known to the rest of the world, and not just in Japan. With Letters From Iwo Jima, it is my intention to portray the battle, from their perspective, through their eyes. In April 05, I had the opportunity to visit the island where so many mothers from both nations lost their beloved sons. Walking on its grounds, I was emotionally overwhelmed. This year, I returned to the island to shoot scenes for the 2 films. The war movies that I grew up watching portrayed a clear picture of who was good and who was evil. However, in life and in war, nothing is that clear. These 2 films are not about who won or who lost. It is about what war does to people, people who would've gone on to live their full lives otherwise. From whichever perspective, soldiers who sacrifice their lives in battle are worthy of respect. These 2 films are my way of paying tribute to those fallen soldiers. By telling the stories of these men from both perspectives, it is my hope that the films will illustrate the things in common that both sides shared, and allow us to look at that difficult time in our history with entirely new eyes."



LA Timesの紹介記事(英語)

Attacking Iwo Jima on both fronts
First Clint Eastwood put U.S. soldiers on the battlefield in 'Flags of Our Fathers.' Now he looks at the same conflict from the Japanese side in 'Letters From Iwo Jima.'
Los Angeles Times


There has never been a Japanese movie about Kuribayashi. And the hell of Iwo Jima in
winter 1945 has never wooed Japanese filmmakers. "None of my Japanese actors knew
anything about Iwo Jima," Eastwood says. "You lose 21,000 people! To just ignore them.
What would happen if we did that?"


"When I grew up, everything was propaganda; we all thought that the Japanese tortured
and killed people," Eastwood says. "But it's tough to swallow that everybody was that way.
After all, some of the Japanese have a decent soul."


Kuribayashi may have known he was going to die, but he wasn't about to go down without
a fight. His creative strategy of fighting from underground hideouts turned Iwo Jima into a vicious ambush for the American Marines. The result was carnage: 6,800 American dead; about 19,000 wounded.


Such ferocious fighting meant that sometimes, humanity could also be lost. Eastwood's film shows atrocities, including American atrocities.

"Well, that happened a lot," Eastwood says. "I talked to so many Marines who were there, and I'd say, 'What did you do with the prisoners?' And they'd look at me and go, 'We didn't have any prisoners.' And I'd say, 'Oh. OK.'





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