Clint Eastwood’s "Letters From Iwo Jima" is breathtaking from first scene to last. Having just won the Best Picture Award from the National Board of Review, "Letters" is on its way to winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Set on the volcanic island of Iwo Jima over 40 days of fear and waiting for an American attack, we get brilliant and moving performances from some extremely talented Japanese actors. For those of you afraid to try your hand at subtitles, this one’s a good place to start.
At the heart of this film is the dichotomy between defending what you believe in and dying for what your country demands you believe in.
A beautiful piece of dialogue in the film comes when a Japanese character is asked if he would kill his American friend if battle ever broke out between their countries. He explains that he would defend what he believes in. When asked further, "You mean what your country believes in?" he replies, "Aren’t they the same thing?" It is dialogue like this running side by side with truly human performances that makes "Letters" an instant gem.
Not only do we get a beautiful, historically educational film, but we also get the chance to step outside of our spoiled American existence for two hours and visit "the enemy" on their side of the tracks. Eastwood has proven himself once again!
"Letters From Iwo Jima" is now showing at the Regal Green Hills 16 cinema. Don’t miss it!