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Letters from Iwo Jima

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DreamWorks Pictures/Malpaso Productions & Amblin Entertainment Released 2006

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Director:
Clint Eastwood
Released:
2006
Rating:
R

Letters from Iwo Jima is the companion piece to director Clint Eastwood's (Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby) World War II saga Flags of our Fathers, focusing this time on the Japanese perspective. This film centers on the Iwo Jima invasion in the Pacific Theater of World War II, only from the Asian army point of view. The technical aspects of the battle, such as defending Mt. Suribachi, are discussed, but the movie really is about showing the differences between what the U.S. and Japan viewed as being honorable in battle. Whereas the U.S. would give it's all and then retreat (to save lives) if the battle was not deemed winnable, Japanese soldiers were expected to die at their post (a sort of throw-back to the old samurai Bushido culture), even if that meant committing suicide so as not to be taken prisoner. Starring Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman Begins, Inception).

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  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A few scenes serve as hinges joining this movie to "Flags of Our Fathers." While Letters From Iwo Jima seems to me the more accomplished of the two films -- by which I mean that it...

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Letters From Iwo Jima, takes audiences to a place that would seem unimaginable for an American director. Daring and significant, it presents a picture from life's other side, not o...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Taken together, "Flags" and "Letters" represent a genuinely imposing achievement, one that looks at war unflinchingly -- that does not deny its necessity but above all laments the ...

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    Foreign Language, Military & War