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Letters From Iwo Jima Soundtrack

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Soundtrack to the Academy Awardwinner Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima, the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their general who, 61 years ago, defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima.

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Although the second part of Clint Eastwood diptych about the battle of Iwo Jima following Flags of Our Fathers is told from the point of view of the Japanese troops, the score, by Eastwood's son Kyle and Michael Stevens, feels very western. As is common in a lot of Hollywood movies, it revolves around a main theme that resurfaces several times. Opener "Main Titles" is where it gets its initial and fullest airing, first on a sadness-tinged piano, then on a trumpet (for that somber bugle feel, no doubt) backed up by drums and strings. Again it pops up, slower this time, at the beginning of the very next track, "Letters Montage," and so on, including a spectral take on echoey piano on "Kuribayashi's Farewell Letter" and yet another sorrowful trumpet interpretation on "End Titles Part I." It's all fine and good, but the CD only lasts 37 minutes and that theme takes up a lot of them. The good news is that matching director Eastwood's thoughtful approach, the music is decidedly unflashy and unwarriorlike--no thunderous eruptions here. On the other hand, there's not much to sink your teeth into. The most affecting track turns out to be "Song for the Defense of Iwo Jima," sung, in Japanese, by young children. --Elisabeth Vincentelli


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Main TitlesKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Letters MontageKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Preparing For The BattleKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. SuicideKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Enemy FireKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Shimizu's PastKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Dinner PartyKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Nearing The EndKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Kuribayashi's Farewell LetterKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Song For The Defense Of Iwo JimaJuno Ishida, Zento Kobayashi and Marika Kobayashi 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Kuribayashi Pleads For DeathKyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. End Titles Part 1Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. End Titles Part 2Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens
  • Audio CD (January 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • ASIN: B000LE1GDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yankeescf on January 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This music is haunting and emotional. In my opinion, which is right, it is one of the top musical scores of all time, and certainly top of the year.

The simple, yet very sad main theme gets me every time. I absolutely love this music, and it is one of those pieces that will never fail to grab one emotionally, no matter how long it's been listened to.

The only downside, though, is that it is only 37 minutes long. But despite that, I still highly recommend buying this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cunha VINE VOICE on March 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to this film is as haunting as the film itself. The score for the film is heart-achingly beautiful, but tragic and almost painful as it recalls the haunting images from the stunningly excellent film.

The piano notes stay with you...and makes you think of the characters portrayed in the film. The main score is hard to let go of once you here it. (The film itself is the same way. It is one of the most heartbreaking and painful films I've ever seen. I was stunned for several days afterwards by it.)

Track #7, as described by the Amazon reviewer, is indeed ghostly. The bugle score, Track #12, adds a martial feel to the score.

The CD, while indeed short, is sparse and in keeping with the theme of the film. Kudos to Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens for creating a classic and beautiful score that truly defines and complements its picture and reaches its audience's hearts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on February 18, 2007
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The soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" is an outstanding recording! The music fits the movie beautifully, and works very well on CD as well! Kyle Eastwood (The son of Clint) and Michael Stevens have crafted a haunting, powerful score for the second half of Clint's Iwo Jima saga. The theme for the film is one of the most unique themes ever created. The theme is played on almost every track, so the music may seem repetitive to some. There is no standout piece on this recording, as the entire score is fantastic! Those who enjoyed the film, or enjoy great music, will love this soundtrack!

Grade: A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on March 29, 2010
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To be blunt and to the point, I wasn't overly impressed by the story/acting in "Letters From Iwo Jima", giving the movie a 3-star review. However, my favorite part of the entire viewing experience was this soundtrack.

The plinking piano, soulful strings, and aching bass easily touched my emotions more than any plot arch or character. Kudos to Kyle Eastwood (son of director Clint) for composing such a masterful score, in line with others from Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, and Invictus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryant R Friend on March 22, 2007
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The music itself is amazing, the mellow tones really make you feel like you are in japan. My only complaint is the quality, I've never heard a CD have such bad sound quality. Nearly every song has static in the background and it really detracts from the overall atmosphere the music is trying to create.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JCD on February 28, 2008
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How has this music not been reviewed more than five times? WOW - great soundtrack with a memorable theme that will stand the test of time. Supports the images in the film rather well. Subtle, yet unique and engaging for sure.
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Letters from Iwo Jima a book?
This movie was based off a book, but it was not James Bradley. It is based on Tadamichi Kuribayashi's book, "Picture Letters From Commander In Chief".
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