Letters from Iwo Jima ()

directed by Clint Eastwood
featuring Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shidou Nakamura

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After bringing the story of the American soldiers who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima to the screen in his film Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood offers an equally thoughtful portrait of the Japanese forces who held the island for 36 days in this military drama. In 1945, World War II was in its last stages, and U.S. forces were planning to take on the Japanese on a small island known as Iwo Jima. While the island was mostly rock and volcanoes, it was of key strategic value and Japan's leaders saw the island as the final ...

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Feb 8, 2008

True to Life

I had just finished reading "Flyboys" by James Bradley, which is a fantastic book about the American pilots who were executed on Japanese islands, the rise of Japan as a world power and how Japanese culture produced the never-surrender battle ethic during WWII. This movie backed up everything I had read about the period and I always applaud historical accuracy in a film.

The film is superbly acted and directed, and tells a fascinating story of what Japanese soldiers went through, and how they struggled as human beings against the Japanese party line that a) they needed to die to prove their loyalty to the Emperor and b) that Americans were enemies and not worthy of friendship.

A great portrayal of a very unusual place and time in world history.

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