Over a decade later, something about "Letters from Iwo Jima" still feels rather unprecedented: a definitively American director making a foreign-language film from the perspective of one of the US' war-time enemies. While I seem to be in the minority for preferring "Flags of our Fathers'" investigation of post-combat trauma, you'd be hard pressed to find a more succinct expression of the futility of war than this.
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.
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.
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.
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*
Regia meravigliosa, fotografia stupenda. Lettere da Iwo Jima è un film di guerra brutale, privo di retorica ma colmo di ammirazione per un certo tipo di onore tipico dell'esercito giapponese (non tutto, ma quello davvero genuino del personaggio di Watanabe, in stato di grazie con un'interpretazione fuori scala). Emozionante e vivo, con tanti personaggi caratterizzati magnificamente. 4*
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.