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April 28

Rewriting Letters: An Evening with Iris Yamashita


Screenwriter Iris Yamashita in Person
April 28 (Saturday) 7 pm

Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by Clint Eastwood
US 2006, 35mm, color, 141 min.
With Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara English and Japanese with English subtitles

Clint Eastwood’s companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers presents a powerful and artistic rendering of the events leading up to the Battle of Iwo Jima.  A sympathetic portrait of the Japanese soldiers who fought to defend the island from U.S. Marine Corps, the film has earned Eastwood universal praise for de-mythifying the often sanctimonious portrayal of war combat while sensitively evoking the experiences of an American foe. First-time Japanese-American screenwriter Iris Yamashita joins us to discuss her adaptation of Tadamichi Kuribayashi’s first hand account of the epochal event. Print courtesy of Warner Brothers.

This screening is co-presented with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Japan Society of Boston

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