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A couple of Japanese warriors misplace their
rage on a pair of binoculars they fear may have
been made in America.
Letters from Iwo
Review written by: Alex Sandell
Letters from Iwo Jima is one of the most powerful films of the last 20 years and should not be ignored. Clint Eastwood has directed his masterwork with this poignant story of the horrors of war. Eastwood took a big risk making a movie that humanized Japanese soldiers fighting in World War II. There is no doubt Japan was on the wrong side of the battle, but, as Eastwood so eloquently points out, there is also no doubt the soldiers were human beings just as scared, confused and brainwashed by patriotic fervor as the U.S. soldiers they were fighting against.
Letters From Iwo Jima will leave you breathless. There are moments in the film that will be hard to shake. Some are intensely brutal, others are bittersweet and sentimental. All of them reveal a human side not shown nearly enough in war films throughout cinematic history.
Letters from Iwo Jima isn't exactly an anti-war film, but at the same time it isn't flag-waving propaganda. It takes no sides, takes no prisoners and will hopefully take home a handful of Oscars. Letters from Iwo Jima is the best portrayal of war ever put on film and the best movie of 2006.
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