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Japanese Film Night features 'Letters from Iwo-Jima'

September 22, 2009

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures is pleased to present Japanese Film Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Eddy 212.

We'll be showing Letters from Iwo-Jima (2006), starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya and directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is mostly in Japanese with English subtitles.

Translation reading

Prior to the film showing, a group of fourth year students of Japanese will read their translation of a few letters written by General Tadamichi Kuribayashi from the book, Letters from Iwo-Jima.

Plot summary

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands. The Americans want to use Iwo Jima as a launching point for an invasion of Japan.

General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff.

In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. [by Jim Beaver,]


Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.

Contact: Mako Beecken
Phone: (970) 491-5275