Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

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The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional read moreapproach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.

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    Iwo Jima Kara no Tegami; Lettere da Iwo Jima; Red Sun, Black Sand; Cartas de Iwo Jima

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Jul 31, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
The premises: this is a war movie through and through.
There are no romance, no cuteness, no funny moments to draw a breath. There are no gorgeous sceneries to admire, or beautiful faces to ogle.
This movie is a punch directed at your very stomach. And yet it's so full of heart and intensity it left an indelible trace in my memory.
It's the story of a handful of Japanese soldiers left read more on guard of the rocky, desolate, deserted but of outmost strategic importance island of Iwo Jima. They are basically left to rotten there and eventually being slaughtered, if not by the Americans, by the obtuseness of high rank Japanese officials.

It's based on a true story, so I have no fear to spoil the plot. Many of you may already know of Iwo Jima, if only for the über-famous picture of the American soldiers planting the stars and stripe flag on a little mountain of dirt. This movie tells the same story, but from the other side of the barricade, in the literal sense of the word.
Western films tend to depict Japanese soldiers during WWII like war machines, ready to die for their country no matter what, cold and determined. Here we see the human side of them, the ultimate meaning of the film being the universality of fear, loneliness, anguish and friendship.

Outstanding acting performances by all the cast, entirely Japanese and terrific direction by acclaimed Clint Eastwood.

This is the kind of film one re-watches sooner or later. A film-library movie. You have been warned as to its content, so I recommend it with a clear conscience.
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Aug 24, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is probably one of the best war movies I've ever seen without getting bored or confused. I actually had to watch this for History back in high school (had a list of war movies) and I just picked this one because I love learning about WWll and it was the only Japan war movie.

To my surprise when I started it Ninomiya's face appeared. Same with Ken Watanabe. (didn't look up read more the cast, just watched it on netflix lol) Ninomiya is a great actor and meshed well with Ken, who is just one of thee best Japanese actors I know. The supporting cast was also great.

The movie mainly shows the Japanese side of WWll for the battle of Iwo Jima. it also showed the horror of the battle but also some good which is weird to say for a war movie. to some people it can be a little..glory but i didn't think it was too bad.

the reason why I rated music so high is because i absolutely loved the instrumental music that was used for this movie. It puts you into a bittersweet mood.

Obviously this movie isn't for everyone, since I know a lot of people could care less about history, but people should give this movie a try.
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Not exactly like Saigo no Kizuna, but it shows the Japanese side of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Amazing actors, amazing story. Just a good movie directed by the amazing Clint Eastwood.
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    Guitargeekette Dec 17, 2014

    After years of hearing and knowing about this movie, I was finally able to watch it. It deserved every award and acclaim it got. Completely gripped the heart and my goodness the acting was realistic and superb. Absolutely incredible.

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    Gaijin_ Aug 14, 2013

    really great movie.

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    7burgerhands Dec 31, 2012

    This movie proves that Nino is indeed a great actor. :)

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    zu_ai_grusz Nov 3, 2012

    My first exposure to Ninomiya and it did made me want to watch some of his other works. Not to mention that I've suddenly got a feel for more war movies after this. Though I've enjoyed the performances and the plot, I can't in equal terms admit that it left me with much emotional imprint or attachment.

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    seraphim Aug 22, 2012

    im not into war with gun movies but this was really good! i watched this because my dad is such a war freak lol

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    NinaJade82 Jan 7, 2012

    This film has got to be one of my favorite American films ever. I love the story, but Clint being the director, was what drove me to watch this movie at first. I love Clint because he always uses actors from the country he is basing his story on. If Japanese, then Japanese actors, if French, then French actors, and so on. I love his directing, because you can feel his love and passion for filming through every scene, is like if he would be telling you a life story of his in person. He is trully an amazing director, and it makes me happy that he is American since Hollywood gets negative comments all the time about their ignorant directors, production companies, etc... but here we have someone who is trying to make the difference. (didnt mean to write such a long comment, but its not a review either so I guess I had no other choice :p )

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      NinaJade82 Jan 13, 2012

      haha sorry I forgot to give you the title of the movie (I get distracted like that) Yes you are correct. Joint Security Area. Its a great film, you will like it. And it has a bit of twist at the end ;) Hmm... well I wouldn't really call it a twist (I just did lol) but is more like, at the end they show you something you miss during the movie, and its just kinda heartbreaking to see the end because of what happens during the movie. But I wont say more... let me know if you liked it. :)

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      Bladey Jan 13, 2012

      Ah, thank you! I will, lol, now you have really made me want to watch it!

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      NinaJade82 Jan 13, 2012

      I practice my convincing skills int he mirror LOL. :D Hope you like it.

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      Skye-N-Rain Sep 7, 2012

      I enjoyed Joint Security Area as well.

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      londonpaulo Mar 14, 2013

      Really liked all your comments about old clint, im just watching now gran torino a movie he directed and also co starred. You could say its a war movie in some ways! Have a look its a gem...


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    Dec 9, 2006
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    2 hr. 21 min.


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