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Watanabe joins cast of Clint Eastwood's second Iwo Jima film@Crisscross

2006.03.13 11:27|[N]映画・硫黄島からの手紙

Watanabe joins cast of Clint Eastwood's second Iwo Jima film
Friday, March 10, 2006 at 07:26 EST

TOKYO — Ken Watanabe has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's upcoming film about Iwo Jima, titled "Red Sun, Black Sand" (formerly "Lamps Before the Wind"), Dreamworks Studio announced Wednesday. "Red Sun, Black Sand" is one of two films that the 75-year-old director is making about the six men who raised an American flag on Mount Suribachi during World War II. It tells the story from the Japanese side of the battle, while the other film, "Flags of Our Fathers," shows the U.S. point of view. Both are scheduled for simultaneous release in the fall.

Watanabe, 46, best known for his role as the title character in "The Last Samurai," will star as Lt-Gen Kuribayashi. Other Japanese actors cast in the film include Kazuya Ninomiya, 22, from the popular group Arashi, and Shido Nakamura, 33. They and other actors were chosen through videotape auditions, Dreamworks said.

Ninomiya, who will make his Hollywood film debut, said he will put as much passion as he can into the role and hopes that the relatives of those who died in the battle for Iwo Jima will feel empathy.

Most of the dialogue in "Red Sun, Black Sand" will be in Japanese, Dreamworks said. The film is being produced by Steven Spielberg.

The Oscar-winning Eastwood visited Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara last year to seek support for the films. Before meeting the governor, he went to Iwo Jima, one of the Ogasawara islands in the Pacific 1,200 kms south of Tokyo.

Ishihara asked Eastwood to respect Japan's fallen soldiers. The director told Ishihara that he would "absolutely not" trample on Japanese feelings.

Eastwood hopes to film some of "Red Sun, Black Sand" on Iwo Jima and told USA Today this week that "I'll be the only non-Japanese-speaking person within miles." Japanese-American screenwriter Iris Yamashita is writing the script for film, in consultation with Paul Haggis, who adapted "Flags," and who directed this year's best picture Oscar winner "Crash."

The Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 left 21,000 Japanese and 6,800 U.S. soldiers dead in one month. It produced one of the most impressive images of the war, a photograph of six U.S. military personnel raising a U.S. flag on the high point of the island.

The photo, by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, was the subject of controversy after it emerged it had not been taken under fire as previously reported but may have been posed.

The two films are based on the book "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley and Ron Powers. It chronicles one man's attempt to piece together his father's role in raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima.


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