- December 20, 2006
- R, 2 hr 21 min
- Art House/Foreign
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Long-buried missives from the island reveal the stories of the Japanese troops who fought and died there during the World War II battle. Among them are Saigo, a baker; Baron Nishi, an Olympic champion; and idealistic soldier Shimizu. Though Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi knows he and his men have virtually no chance of survival, he uses his extraordinary military skills to hold off the Americans as long as possible. Clint Eastwood's companion piece to <i>Flags of Our Fathers.</i>