1/25/06 Letters from Iwo Jima is nominated for four Oscars.
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Alan Robert Murray
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Iris Yamashita (screenplay/story)
Paul Haggis (story)
The Academy Awards are on February 25th.
8/15/06 The first trailer, from Japan, in a combination with Flags of Our Fathers is available. The Japanese title is "Letters from Iwo Jima."
5/15/06 Ken Watanabe gave an interview to MacClean’s about Red Sun, Black Sand in which he hopes this film can educate young Japanese: “As we went through this film we realized that, until now, we haven't really looked at Japan's past. We kind of looked away from it," Watanabe said. "But we have to look at it and accept the fact that this is what our fathers and grandfathers have actually done. Accepting the reality is the first step,”
3/10/06 IMdB is reporting the cast to be Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase,
Shido Nakamura, Kazunari Ninomiya and Ken Watanabe. Watanabe is rumored playing Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. The title has been changed to Red Sun, Black Sand.
Watanabe is a great choice to play Kuribayashi. I'm more excited about this movie than Flags of Our Fathers.