Arashi‘s Ninomiya Kazunari visited Iwo Jima as part of NTV‘s 24 Hr TV~Love Saves the Earth~. His visit is part of the network’s post-war special, 70 years after World War II. Ninomiya starred in 2006 film, “Letter from Iwo Jima“, that was directed by Clint Eastwood; however, the filming was mostly done in United States and Nino didn’t get to visit the island.
Ninomiya visited the island for three to four days this month after securing a permit from the Ministry of Defense since the island is off-limits to any visitors. Iwo Jima is one of the hard-fought areas during the Battle of the Pacific where 50,000 died. Ninomiya thinks that it’s fate that brought him to the island, the actual site of the movie, and looks on at the famed Mount Suribachi.
As part of the post-war special, Ninomiya gets to interview one of the war veterans and survivor from the battle as well as a bereaved family of one soldier who chose to commit suicide than surrender.
Well, I tried to watch the movie back then, but I remember falling asleep midway and didn’t get to finish it. haha. I don’t know, I’d rather watch documentaries like those from National Geographic and History Channel where they show actual war footage than war movies. Oh well, the Iwo Jima special will be broadcasted in Aug 22-23 as part of NTV’s 24 Hr TV.
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