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AFP: Second Iwo Jima film to offer Japan’s view

AFP: Second Iwo Jima film to offer Japan's view

Two months after the saga of US troops who raised the flag on Iwo Jima hit theaters, director Clint Eastwood this weekend releases another film on the bloody World War II battle–this time from the Japanese perspective. “Letters from Iwo Jima,” which has already won a key award, stars Ken Watanabe as the commander who lost the strategic Pacific island in 1945. It opens in Japan on Saturday and in the US on December 20. The movie covers the same battle as the US-oriented “Flags of Our Fathers,” but from the other side’s perspective. In one scene, hidden Japanese troops watch US soldiers hoist the [US flag]–a picture that would symbolize the Pacific campaign for many Americans. AFP reports.

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