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'Letters from Iwo Jima' Astonishes with Empathy

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'Letters from Iwo Jima' Astonishes with Empathy

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'Letters from Iwo Jima' Astonishes with Empathy

'Letters from Iwo Jima' Astonishes with Empathy

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Ken Watanabe as General Kuribayashi in Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Ken Watanabe as General Kuribayashi in Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima.

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Clint Eastwood continues to astonish.

His latest film, Letters from Iwo Jima parallels his recent Flags of Our Fathers, but it takes audiences to a place that would seem unimaginable for an American director.

It's a feat of empathetic cross-cultural connection that Eastwood, more or less, willed into existence.