Clint Eastwood's companion film to Flags of Our Fathers, called Letters from Iwo Jima tells the WWII story of the battle of Iwo Jima, but from a Japanese perspective.
The United States release of the film has waffled and been speculated on for awhile, namely because if Flags of Our Fathers and Letter from Iwo Jima were released in the same year, Clint Eastwood would have two films competing against each other in the award season.
Well, after a lack-luster theatrical run and a luke-warm critical response to Flags of Our Fathers, Warner Bros. has decided to release Eastwood's Japanese re-telling December 20th in LA and New York in time for award season. As JW says, this film will have "an excuse to commercially" since it is not in English, and thus might usher it's way into a prime award potential.
As the award season goes on, more people are buzzing about The Departed, and less people are buzzing about Flags of Our Fathers and Babel. Will Letters to Iwo Jima begin to pick up more buzz in the days ahead. Also, Ken Watanabe should now be considered a major award contender for his lead role as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi.
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