Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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MPAA rating: R; for graphic war violence.
Sixty-one years ago, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, hundreds of letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi's unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat.

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Nooksack20
Oct 09, 2017

I found this movie boring. Do not recommend.

I dislike Clint's politics but I love his movies. Eastwood is a masterful filmmaker telling compelling stories of unusual topics and perspectives. No sugar coating. No rah-rah-USA (or Japan, in this case). Great acting, cinematography, and direction. Fine screenwriting and art direction. See this film. Note: I watched this film immediately after it's sibling film Flags of Our Fathers. Eastwood made them back-to-back.

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0cho
Jan 05, 2015

This is an excellent movie. The characters are deep and strong, a well done script and great acting. A must see for anyone that is interested in WW2 in the pacific.

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boothseattle
Mar 13, 2014

This is an amazing movie that should be seen by all. It is deep and has subtitles but is still a very good watch. It is rare to see the other perspective in war. After you watch this movie you will feel like you have watched something worth watching.

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GLNovak
Oct 28, 2013

Clint Eastwood did it again. All his movies have that stamp of slow, considered thinking and I see it here. Seeing the battle from the Japanese side is a whole different perspective. Their code of honour led them to hurt their cause as much as it did to help them. I winced so many times at the decisions made to save face that in fact helped them lose the battle. Having the dialogue in Japanese with English subtitles was very effective, and the Japanese actors all did their part to make the film a success. Another spare powerful work from Eastwood.

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pokano
May 04, 2012

Powerful, powerful film about Iwo Jima from the viewpoint of the Japanese soldiers. Great acting, cinematography, and directing. Should be a must see for all government leaders who are thinking of going to war. There's a flaw in the set up of the video. There are normal subtitles available, but they're difficult to find. The barely readable ones are closed circuit text, not the subtitles.

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lukeooo2
Oct 31, 2011

great movie!!!!!!!!

aaa5756 Jun 22, 2011

B+ DVD

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peppertoo
Mar 03, 2011

Very well done movie portraying the Japanese experience on Iwo Jima. Watched Flags of our Fathers first, but thought this was a better movie. Never had a problem with the subtitles as another viewer mentioned. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, would have enjoyed more special features on the Japanese experiences. I found it to be a good portrayal of the message that they were all fighting and taking orders because they felt they had to, just as I'm sure most do in the time of war. Quite a touching portrayal of events. Also interesting insight into how their fighting beliefs and methods (bushido) worked against them. Worth watching.

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aqiva
Dec 03, 2010

SDH & closed-caption review
[1 = poor; 2 = fair; 3 = good, 4 = excellent].
Tiny, barely readable and blurry/fuzzy letters/words with the sub-titles. I gave it a 1 rating for sub-title readability & accessibility: Poor

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Sep 05, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

nadian Jun 17, 2008

Coarse Language: Brief moments of mature language.

nadian Jun 17, 2008

Violence: Many scenes of graphic war violence and peril.

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