Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by American actor Clint Eastwood, with producer/director Steven Spielberg, he had this only in Japanese. But there were some that spoke in English. In fact, this was nominated for four Oscar awards, including Best Picture, and one Golden Globe Award. However this did won the Oscar award for Best Sound Editing. Thanks to Warner Bros and DreamWorks Pictures that did this. And was way better than “Flags of our Fathers”. In fact, his son Kyle Eastwood and composer Michael Stevens made the music for this movie.

Ken Watanabe, who did Katsumodo in “The Last Samurai” and was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor, portrayed as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi who lead the Japanese Imperial Army in Iwo Jima, 1945. In the fiercest battle in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Only one American actor was in this movie that I know of. He appeared in a flashback as he gave a Colt. 45 handgun to General Kuribayashi. Mark Moses. He was Lt. Wolfe from that Vietnam War movie, “Platoon”. Directed by Oliver Stone, and won those Oscar awards including Best Picture.

During the Battle of Iwo Jima, they gave U.S. Marines a lot of hell after they have landed. The good part was, for the Japanese Imperial Army in Iwo Jima, they’ve planned the whole beach battle before they arrived. The bad part was, some officers committed suicide by having grenades at their hearts.

Although they were fighting hard and planned out the whole setup. But as more U.S. Marines came, that was when they had a few choices to deal with, until March 26th, 1945.

One of the officers who fought hard and was K.I.A in the Battle of Iwo Jima, was Takeichi Nishi. An Olympic gold medalist who participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics in 1932 Los Angeles. Before the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. He won the gold medal for horse jumping. Until by 1944 in Iwo Jima, he was being promoted to a tank unit commander. He brought his horse Jupiter from the Olympics to fight in the battle. Unfortunately during an air strike, his horse was shot by shrapnel. Together with General Kuribayashi, they fought hard for their country of Japan. Until by the end of the battle, they were K.I.A as Carl Ludwig Long and Eric Liddell.

But they’ve buried a bag of letters in the caves, for the ones that they’ve ever loved on, back in Japan. Until by 2005, Japanese archaeologists found that bag of letters from Iwo Jima, and were spilled everywhere.

8/10 stars is what I give on this movie. Really good. And next on watching Clint Eastwood movies coming soon…from 1971… “Play Misty For Me”.

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