LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2007 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Stars ìììì

Letters From Iwo Jima—another terrific Clint Eastwood directed film—tells the Japanese point of view about the World War II American invasion of Iwo Jima. While Eastwood’s previous film, Flags of our Fathers, told the same story from the American point of view and bombed in the box office, this film is a complete success on every level. Eastwood does his research and wisely uses Japanese language with English subtitles for authentic effect. It completely works. The fighting scenes wring the heart while showing General Kuribayashi’s (Ken Watanabe) efforts to lead a good fight, preserve his men, and honorably take his stand under the most bleak of circumstances. He fails and his army reduces to two men, himself and a baker made soldier, Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya). The General, as the Samurai before him, takes his own life with a pistol that he had received as a gift of honor from an American many years before Japan was at war with the United States. The baker is knocked out and taken prisoner by the Americans.


Additional Thanks

Thank you to Executive Producer Paul Haggis for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), Shimizu (Ryô Kase), Lieutenant Ito (Shidô Nakamura), Lieutenant Fujita (Hiroshi Watanabe), Captain Tanida (Takumi Bando), and Nozaki (Yuki Matsuzaki).



Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.

Ben Meyers

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