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Not sure if this qualifies as a J-movie, but has anyone seen "Letters from Iwo Jima" yet. I'm waiting for it to be released more widely, but I've heard good things about it.

Maybe it does qualify as a J movie because it just won a Golden Globe for best Foreign Language Film. But then again Eastwood directed it and it's funded by his company so who knows where this belongs.
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Some friends of mine have seen "Letters from Iwo Jima". But I have heard that its only in limited locations because the theatre they saw it at was the only theatre in my area that shows it.
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If you live near Little Tokyo here is a chance to catch a FREE movie courtesy of JACCC (Not sure if I put this under events yet...)

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 2pm

"Turn Over: An Angel Is Coming On a Bicycle" (2005)

In Japanese with English subtitles
(1 hr., 51 minutes)

Set in an old Kyoto neighborhood, the everyday serenity of an elderly artisan and his ailing wife, are disrupted when a college student, whose love of magic enters their life. Their chance encounter sets off a chain reaction that brings change for all.

Directed by film pioneer Keiichi Nomura, who also helped pen the film, features shiho Fujimura from the Nemuri Kiyoshiro series, Asahi Kurizuka of long-time TV series Abarenbo Shogun fame and Toshiki Kashu as the college student.

Aratani/Japan America Theatre
Admission Free
Call for Reservations, ticket required (213) 680-3700

Copyright: Hyogo-cinema-center, Co., Ltd.

Presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles



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Wow, free? That's wonderful, and sounds like a great movie too. Don't see too many things set in Kyoto.
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Just saw "Letters of Iwo Jima" this past weekend and must say it could qualify for a Japanese movie. It was really good seeing the perspective of the war from the Japanese view. It made them really human for once not the character people normally depicted in American war pictures. I'd recommend anyone to see this movie. It was a little slow in the begining but by the end I was so engrossed in the characters. Ken Watanabe is really good in this picture, but then I like almost everything he does.

This movie was in limited release for a while and just started showing in more theaters. The theater I went to was packed which is pretty rare these days. It's probably due more to the Academy nomination than anything.
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class blockquote Aidhmg wrote:

Just saw "Letters of Iwo Jima" this past weekend and must say it could qualify for a Japanese movie. It was really good seeing the perspective of the war from the Japanese view. It made them really human for once not the character people normally depicted in American war pictures. I'd recommend anyone to see this movie. It was a little slow in the begining but by the end I was so engrossed in the characters. Ken Watanabe is really good in this picture, but then I like almost everything he does.

This movie was in limited release for a while and just started showing in more theaters. The theater I went to was packed which is pretty rare these days. It's probably due more to the Academy nomination than anything.
Oh, was it nominated at the Academy Awards for "Best Foreign Film", Aidhmg?
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Actually it was nominated for Best Motion Picture overall. I hope it wins but I think it's a long shot being a movie that is not in english.
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Actually it was nominated for Best Motion Picture overall. I hope it wins but I think it's a long shot being a movie that is not in english.
Wow!! That's wonderful - I think even if it doesn't win, its still a great achievement for a Japanese film to be nomiated for such a prestiguous award.
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Wow!! That's wonderful - I think even if it doesn't win, its still a great achievement for a Japanese film to be nomiated for such a prestiguous award.
"Letters" isn't actually produced by a Japanese company but rather by Clint Eastwood's production company and distributed by Dreamworks. He also directs the movie and one of the writers for the movie is JA. That's part of the reason I wasn't sure it qualified for a Japanese movie. I believe it does qualify as a Japanese movie not only because 95% of it is in Japanese by Japanese actors, but also because it depicts the culture and Japanese mentality during the war. It's a rare picture because most war movies involving Japan depict the country as the evil empire of that time. This movie puts a human face on the "enemy".


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Letters from Iwo Jima is Clint Eastwood's companion movie to Flags of Our Fathers. These two movies are about the same Battle of Iwo Jima, one from the Japanese soldiers' point of view and the other from the American. It is in Japanese with English subtitles and just won the Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film. It has several nominations in the upcoming Academy Awards, which have not yet been presented.

I heard an interview with Clint Eastwood on the making of Letters from Iwo Jima. He commented that when he started this project, nobody was interested here or in Japan. I believe he stated that it had been erased, essentially, from the Japanese histories (embarrassing defeat) and he met with some opposition when he was over there researching for the movie.

From Wikipedia: class blockquote In Ebert and Roeper's end of the year top 10 film lists Roeper had the film #3 and guest critic The New York Times A.O. Scott, who had it at #1, said that the film was "close to perfect."

On 23 January, 2007, the film received four Academy Award nominations. Eastwood was nominated for his directing, as well as Best Picture along with co-producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Lorenz. The film also received nominations for Original Screenplay and Sound Editing.
I think it would be highly educational and mind-expanding to view both movies. As much as I hate to see people experience the horrible cruelties from war (or anything else), I have long been fascinated by the history and events of World Wars I, II, and the Korean Conflict. Don't know why only these, exactly. Kind of like my fascination with the Titanic and other sea disasters. (Just watched a PBS program on the Yamato and the discovery of its remains on the sea floor. So fascinating...)
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