Friday, March 30, 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

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USA

Part Two of Clint Eastwood's ambitious exploration of the battle of Iwo Jima, this time focusing on the Japanese perspective. It features Japanese actors speaking in the Japanese language, and the lesson is that Japanese war movie characters are as cardboard heroic as American movie characters and Japanese war movie mothers are as saintly, mute and long-suffering as American war movie mothers.

dir: Clint Eastwood
wr: Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis
cast: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Shido Nakamura, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Yuki Matsuzaki, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando

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