Through the amazing scope of director Clint Eastwood, Letters from
Iwo Jima was born from Flags of Our Fathers and this unique director
felt that he needed to tell both sides of this World War II movie.
of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima revolves around two men,
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi played by the talented Ken Watanabe
and a soldier called Saigo, equally well played by Kazunari Ninomiya.
General Kuribayashi, Iwo Jima holds a strong military value to the
Japanese as if this island falls, the Americans will have a base to
plan their attack on mainland Japan. Unfortunately for Saigo, he was
reluctantly enlisted and to compound the situation, his wife is
As the Japanese military begins to crumble around
Kuribayashi, he gives the command of abandoning the beaches and move
towards the mountains where he believes his army will have a
military advantage over the Americans. For Saigo, he is caught
between his will to live and Japanese honor that causes him
concerns, due to the Japan's ruthless approach to war and their view
The character Kuribayashi is quite interesting as he
spent his youth studying in America which Eastwood uses through some
great insightful flashbacks of this character and gives him a soul
as he attempts to lead his men to victory.
Needless to say, both
characters draw you into this movie about two totally different
social classes and their inner will to live that is judged by the
ancient code of the Samurai.
At the end of the day, Letters from Iwo
Jima is a very dark movie that showcases the atrocities of war, for
not only the Japanese but also the Americans as well and once again
Eastwood creates a spectacular film, littered with human emotions,
social commentary and the politics of the era.
Presented in 1080p, the film has this 1940's grace to it that is
matched perfectly with the extraordinary picture quality. Where the
movie does shine is through the Dolby Digital True HD 5.1 mix which
sounds phenomenal through our surround sound setup. This version of
Letters from Iwo Jima contains some great special features that
truly give you a unique insight into the creation and history of
In conclusion, Letters from Iwo Jima is almost as good as Flags of
our Fathers, however delivers the viewer a unique insight into the
other side of the war which is insightful and quite dark at times.
Beautifully transferred to the Blu-ray format, Letters from Iwo Jim
is another must have disc with stunning video and audio quality with
a story to match.