Saturday, March 03, 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima

A good movie. A few touching scenes. Seems a bit slow and over processed or sentimentalized at some parts- esp. the end, with the slow motion shot of the letters fluttering to the ground.

I liked the part about the "hero" being conscripted into the war. And the sense of utter hopelessness and resignation conveyed by the actors. Yet, I thought it was strange that he hadn't been conscripted already.

Its worth watching as a back to back show of Flags of Our Fathers.

Letters made a direct offer to show a more sympathetic portrayal of the Japanese soldiers who committed great atrocities during WW2. Flags of Our Fathers on the other hand was a direct attempt to paint a gloomy or cynical look at the nationalism behind the American war effort.

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