We went to the Ginza area of Tokyo and, to our surprise, the movie was completely sold out. Not only am I engaged, I also become attached to every character and feel and understand their conflicts. Starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya, the film was released to the western market primarily in Japanese, with English subtitles in 2007. It excels as a story about the human heart. The outcome of the Battle of the Philippines was so devastating to the Japanese that the fight to the death at Iwo Jima was only a delaying action.
My wife and I are unique, not typical American movie goers. The film is reputedly based on several written sources from the period, including the writings of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the island commander who was portrayed by Ken Watanabe in the film. At the fall of Iwo Jima, General Kuribayashi already knows that his fate is sealed by fate and duty, and in a sad reminiscence of real history, he takes his own life before the enemy can capture him. My god, have we become that blasé about the wars our sons and daughters are being sent to fight in? The film was directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, and shows the battle on the island from the Japanese perspective. 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. He started directing films in 1971 and has accomplished several box office hits.
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. We are show at the end the futility of war and the bravery of the people that get caught up in following orders and trying to do what they believe to be the right thing. Receiving a very good critical reception upon release, Letters from Iwo Jima received an Oscar for Best Sound Editing and three Oscar nominations at the 79th Academy Awards, including for Best Motion Picture. A while later, the general comes back into the room only to discover that Sam's wounds have killed him.
The viewer then heads back in time to witness the events that had come to pass, with young Saigo showing us the human catastrophe of war through young and shocked eyes, while General Kuribayashi is regularly on hand as a matured, strong-willed and experienced counter-point. I usually have a hard time following plots with many characters because they make me lose focus on the general story, but this one is done well. 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. While there was a lack of respect for General Kuribayashi's leadership among some of his senior subordinates his wise leadership dashed the American's hopes of a quick five-day campaign and turned it into a thirty-six day confrontation. No, they all realize that Americans are exactly like they are, and that they don't want to be there and want to return home safely just like their enemies. The storyline is tied to a second film, Flags of our Fathers, produced at the same time, which shows the battle from the American perspective. General Kuribayashi does not favour the traditional approach to warfare of his contempories and meets with resistance and dissent amongst his own troops.
When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. The theater was very big and packed. It is recognised that most that have been sent here to defend Imperial Japan will not return and they soon find themselves in desperate circumstances , with dwindling resources and little hope of victory. This movie was film on location in various places such as Iceland, Iowa Japan and California and stars a mostly Japanese cast being film in both English and Japanese, but predominantly Japanese with English subtitles. The film begins with a scene set in 2005, as archaeologists excavate tunnels once used by the Japanese defenders over 60 years earlier. One American pilot actually shot down six planes on one mission. It is another movie from Clint Eastwood who is working in his directorial role and follows other successes such as Million Dollar Baby, Space Cowboys and Mystic River.
The destruction of the battle of the Philippine Sea was so broad that Japan would never recover. This was followed by an English dubbed version in 2008. He advances on a bunker with a flamethrower. We all live, love, want to be loved, and we dream about and long for peace. The score, written by Kyle Eastwood Clint's son , captures the feel of the movie better than any score written for any movie this year. This is one of, if not the best, movie ever directed by Clint Eastwood. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack.
It is very quiet music, but listening to it makes you think about all the people that die as victims of war. 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. And, sometimes we are called to serve and pay for the opportunity. 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. I understand a limited amount of Japanese so I could follow most of the story. The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack.
To the Japanese, Iwo jima was a part of their homeland where a foreign invader was going to land and begin its invasion on Japanese soil. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. Not counting Japanese planes lost while on their destroyed carriers, the ratio of planes lost was roughly one American plane to eight Japanese planes. On the Allied side, this battle was known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The letter is full of words that truly come from the heart of this kid's mother, and by the time the general finishes reading the letter, every soldier in that cave has realized that Americans aren't these savages; these hate-driven murderers. During the discussion over dinner, the Battle of the Mariainas was mentioned, followed by a comment on how the military was being kept in the dark. This was the most decisive battle of the war in the Pacific as, over the course of two days, it saw the destruction of hundreds of Japanese aircraft, the loss of a number of their capital ships and the loss of over 3,000 Japanese sailors and pilots.
It won an Oscar for the sound editing which was spectacular and received many other awards and nominations. The only cast member to be in both this film and its companion piece, 2006 , appears in the flamethrowing image of Chuck Lindberg played by. For Americans, Iwo jima was just another far away place and different point in time where American boys were sent and where, unfortunately, some lives were lost fighting for freedom. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. When the film ended, my wife talked with the couple and learned that the old man's father died in Iwo jima.
But, the movies did do an excellent job reminding us that the ones who pay the price for war are normal everyday people. Synopsis The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Together my wife and I watched and enjoyed both movies. At several points during the film, I thought I noticed the man from the couple crying. There were brief moments of English, American solders talking, one flash back scene before the war during a foreign dignitary dinner, and of course the credits at the end.