Does it get extra points from critics simply because of the novelty of an American filmmaker showing a legendary battle from the perspective of the “enemy?” I actually think there could be something to this, but it ultimately doesn’t matter – it is just a flat-out excellent movie, regardless of perspective.
War is not its only subject. The complexities of leadership, the insecurity of true love and the willful, dangerous blindness of patriotism feature prominently. Watanabe's performance is beyond words; a masterful portrayal of an honourable, compassionate man faced with impossible burdens. Kyle Eastwood's score is deeply reflective, haunting. Monochrome cinematography is gorgeous.
This movie is about war but wasn't showed much in gunfire bloody actions but instead told the stories about the affects of war on the people involved, giving the exquisite insight into the human condition. In this case, as told from the Japanese perspectives who fought it. I thought it was done well with feelings. It felt like it was not made to impress the viewers but to make a real statement.
Great to see Eastwood trying to find a different approach to the war movie. The black and white photography was a lust for the eye and the Japanese perspective was refreshing. Eastwood didn't show us a lot of actual fighting and the horrors that come with it. Instead he made us feel them through the characters' emotions which he did superbly.
Says nothing surprising and achieves this failure via frictionless battle scenes and a sonic/visual palette duller than an unkept bayonet. It was like walking through the world's stuffiest museum of tolerance.
A poetic, emotional and bleak Japanese story as Eastwood does the masterpiece of showing the war battle Iwo Jima from two sides (the first being "Flags of Our Fathers"). I applaud Eastwood for giving the Japanese soldiers a voice in the U.S. as his name alone make this story available for a bigger audience. The characters that tell this side of the story are gripping and the action in this film is intense.
Bellissimo.Dipinge in maniera originale l'immenso orrore e la devastante insensatezza della guerra,con uno stile asciutto e coinvolgente,una fotografia impareggiabile(le tenebre delle gallerie..)e una grande caratterizzazione dei personaggi(Watanabe su tutti);tutto concorre a formare un affresco complesso,magnifico e durissimo.Eastwood concede pochissima retorica e aggiunge un altro tassello ai suoi capolavori.4*