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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 approach 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. (Source: IMDb)

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  • Jul 31, 2011 1 of 1 episodes seen
    amrita828
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    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 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
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  • Aug 23, 2012 1 of 1 episodes seen
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    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 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
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  • Gaijin_ Aug 14, 2013
    really great movie.
  • 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
  • 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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    • Sandrose Jan 10, 2012
      lol but very well said, I can't help but agree. I haven't properly explored his filmography but Bridges of Madison County, Million Dollar Baby and especialloy Flags of our Fathers and this powerful tale, which should be I think watched as a companion piece to the other movie, hace clearly showed me an admirable person behind directing. I love him for attempting to present two sides of the story, showing what war does to us, no matter what culture we hail from, because no matter what culture we hail from and what differences are between us we are all humans that live and laugh and suffer from any kind of war in the same ways.
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    • NinaJade82 Jan 10, 2012
      True Bladey.... wow, your words are powerful. I live in U.S. but I'm from a different culture than the predominant here, and I have to say I can't help but cry when I realize that the way I have been looking at things, and the answers I have been giving myself are not the way others look at things, and are not the answers they have gotten, still, we all reached the same point at the end, and we all have one purpose that is highly taken for granted since its something as simple as wanting to be understood. No matter how we do it, no matter what we say, we all want others to understand us... to know where we are coming from. You know? I love Clint for allowing me to see what others see. I'm happy someone else thinks the same way :D You dont see that often. lol.
    • Sandrose Jan 11, 2012
      I agree, by juxtaposing two sides iof the same coin, he has tried to give us the whole picture, to see not just one side but try and make us understand how connected we all are and that the way we see things is nit necessariuly how others see it and it can be a very epihanic experiences for thise who never thought about some things in a certain way, that's why it is so valuable. However, ultimately, there are in general two perspectives; the side of the aggressor and of the victim. Those who share experience s of oppression will ultiumately be more likely to see things in a similar way; those who are blinded by their own right, are less likely to open to new perspectives at all, because of their narrow-minded blindness. It's very complex, the question of Gaze. on individual level, we can say All Roads lead to Rome and sometimes seeing what other see is a matter of a process of maturing
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    • Sandrose Jan 11, 2012
      (ctd) to that point. And this process cannot be rushed, if it's meant to be authentic. At first I think we need to accept that others see things differently, accept it and move on. The bitter part of growing is that sometime arriving at the same point comes too late, however. But at the very least it is authentic then, or so I hope. on political level, thinngs are worse since politics is a natter of interests and enforcing those interests in the name of some idea that usually incorporates just one side of that Coing of Seeing. Still, in tragedies, we mostly begin to see just the Human, not political groups, nor races, nor religions. We see a Human in suffering. on most other ocassions we only tend to see the differences, the races, the divisions, and I always fear that in all our squibbles, cases of bad behaviour we forget that. And he reminds us of that.
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    • Sandrose Jan 11, 2012
      I've seen another good wartime movie lately- about the 1950s Korean War, called TaeGukGi: the brotherhood of war, about brothers and friends divided by war, standing on two sides, people who used to be so close together almost one..it;s ironic and seems allegorical too, in the way the story focuses on teo brothers but doesn't lose focus from the whole nation of such brothers, divided since the 1950 war was a result of the physical division of Korea after WWII, with the process beginning much earilier, I believe.
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    • NinaJade82 Jan 12, 2012
      Wow Bladey I love all the comments haha (or the one big comment :p ) I will add that movie to my PTW list, I think I was looking at some pictures for something else I needed, and I found a picture of that movie just today, and for me to come here and read your comment... its fate haha, I must watch it. Another movie about North and South which I love, particularly because the main character is Lee Byung Hun, my adoration, but also because the movie is really good, its about two soldiers that become friend, one from the North and one from the South. But then something happens... watch it, you will like it. Its one of the most popular films in Korea, because it made a huge impact. :)
    • Sandrose Jan 13, 2012
      lol. ^_^ I think I will be checking out everything wih hm in it since so far I have watched nothing, though Iris is on my PTW, as is the bad, the good and the weird and Asphalt Man. But what is the title of that movie you are referring to, I was checking he MDL titles but none of them seem to have a summary that would fit your dsecription?
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    • Sandrose Jan 13, 2012
      Oh, I think I found it, it just wasn;t added to his filmography. It;s Joint security Area, right?
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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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    • Sandrose 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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Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

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  • Main Title: Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Native title: 硫黄島からの手紙
  • Also Known as: Iwo Jima Kara no Tegami; Lettere da Iwo Jima; Red Sun, Black Sand; Cartas de Iwo Jima

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  • CountryJapan
    TypeMovie
  • Released Date: December 9, 2006
  • Average Duration 2 hr. 21 min.
  • Genres: Historical, Drama

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