Clint Eastwood shot this back-to-back with his film Flags of Our Fathers. This one tells more or less the same story, but from the Japanese perspective. Whereas Flags bogged down a bit in post-war preachiness and cliché characters, Letters is an uncompromising look at the painful defeat of the Japanese. Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) gives a powerful performance. 141 minutes R.