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This is a well done story about the Battle of Iwo Jima and the courage and selfless acts done by desperate men on both sides of the battle. Both sides of the conflict had one common trait. Even though they were placed in this situation to defend their country those that died died not for their country but for their fellow soldiers. The frustration of the Japanese having to defend a God forsaken place with no support from the Japanese Central Command due to the previous battles that left the Japanese without the ability to wage war. On a personal note I know relatives that fought and died in this struggle so it was factual account for me.
This film was superbly done and I agree that it was much better than 'Flags of Our Fathers.' It flowed much better and you actually get to know some of the characters. It's definitely a just tribute to those Japanese soldiers who defended that doomed island and did their duty just like our boys did theirs. Sure there's the significant cultural differences, and you can argue that they started the war, but once those bullets start flying, we all feel the same fear and bleed the same blood. Foot soldiers don't start wars, and only the hardest of hearts could watch this and not feel sympathy for these young men. Another reviewer called this an "anti-bushido" movie and I think there is some truth to that. One of the recurring themes seems to be the contrast between the common soldier who just wants to survive, and the hardcore bushido officers who believe in nothing less than death before dishonor. Personally, there's a part of me that sympathizes with the whole honor-driven samurai tradition, but I can see how many regard it as primitive and senseless. The cave scene with the grenades comes to mind. I also have to say that the score is one of the most touching I've heard in awhile also. The main theme is one of those pieces that tears at your heart. All in all, this will go down as one of Clint Eastwood's finest achievements.
I bought this after reading "Flags of our Fathers" the book. The movie is good but can't get in the detail that is in the book. I would almost watch the movie before reading the book.
I have not watched the other discs. I am a WWII movie buff as my father served in North Africa and Italy. This movie is very graphic in the war scenes, after reading the book it had to be graphic to be accurate. This was the worst battle in modern American history. Its the first movie that shows the tension between the front line soldier that witnessed their friends die and the politicians that want to use them.
This is great haveing both movies one on each side of the war and the historical disc is great also. Clint did a great job of directoring both movies and like I said it is interesting to see the same battle from each side. I never saw this in the stores but was glad to see it on EBAY.
I've only watched flags of our Father's. Its in Japanese with English sub-titles. To add to the realism of the movie. Only when Americans speak is when its in English. This movie is the battle of Iwojima throught he eyes of a Japanese soldier. Great movie...have some jaw dropping scenes. In all a great movie exspecially if your into "war" movies like myself!