Best Companion Movies


  • Letters from Iwo Jima

    Letters from Iwo Jima (R, 2006)

    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shidou Nakamura
    After bringing the story of the American soldiers who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima to the screen... read more in his film Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood offers an equally thoughtful portrait of the Japanese forces who held the island for 36 days in this military drama. In 1945, World War II was in its last stages, and U.S. forces were planning to take on the Japanese on a small island known as Iwo Jima. While the island was mostly rock and volcanoes, it was of key strategic value and Japan's leaders saw the island as the final opportunity to prevent an Allied invasion. Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) was put in charge of the forces on Iwo Jima; Kuribayashi had spent time in the United States and was not eager to take on the American army, but he also understood his opponents in a way his superiors did not, and devised an unusual strategy of digging tunnels and deep foxholes that allowed his troops a tactical advantage over the invading soldiers. While Kuribayashi's strategy alienated some older officers, it impressed Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), the son of a wealthy family who had also studied America firsthand as an athlete at the 1932 Olympics. As Kuribayashi and his men dig in for a battle they are not certain they can win -- and most have been told they will not survive -- their story is told both by watching their actions and through the letters they write home to their loved ones, letters that in many cases would not be delivered until long after they were dead. Among the soldiers manning Japan's last line of defense are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker sent to Iwo Jima only days before his wife was to give birth; Shimizu (Ryo Kase), who was sent to Iwo Jima after washing out in the military police; and Lieutenant Ito (Shidou Nakamura), who has embraced the notion of "Death Before Surrender" with particular ferocity. Filmed in Japanese with a primarily Japanese cast, Letters From Iwo Jima was shot in tandem with Flags of Our Fathers, and the two films were released within two months of one another. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • DiegoSada64
      DiegoSada64: Excellent companion to "Flags of Our Fathers" showing the action from the Japanese side on the island of Iwo J
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • arcreviews
      arcreviews: . A very good companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • drago25
      drago25: The companion piece to Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima tells the story of the American invas
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    Flags of Our Fathers (R, 2006)

    Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery
    Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the non-fiction book Flags of Our Fathers concerns the lives of the m... read moreen in the famous picture of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during that historic WWII battle. Battle scenes are intercut with footage of three of the soldiers - played by Ryan Phillipe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach -- who survived the battle going on a goodwill tour of the United States in order to sell war bonds. Many evening they are forced to reenact their famous pose, something each of them finds more and more difficult to do as they suffer from survivor's guilt. Eastwood frames the story by having one of the men's grown son (Tom McCarthy) interview his father's old comrades in order to find out more about what happened to his father. Eastwood followed this film with Letters from Iwo Jima, a second film about the battle of Iwo Jima, but told from the Japanese perspective. Flags of Our Fathers was produced by Eastwood and Steven Spielberg. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
    • DiegoSada64
      DiegoSada64: Excellent film based on WWII war heroes who raised the US Flag over Iwo Jima. Companion film to "Le
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • nowhotnnm
      nowhotnnm: I liked Clint's companion piece, Letters from Iwo Jima more. Acting wise, this one just misses being a must see. But
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • practicalkat925
      practicalkat925: Best watch with it companion film, Letters from Iwo Jima
      Reviewed 4 years days ago