Letters from Iwo Jima

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Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura
RunTime: 141 mins
Genre: War
Rating: NC-16 (War Violence)

Dear Mr Eastwood,

Although you lost the Oscars of Best Picture and Best Director to Martin Scorsese, you have earned the respect of many who feel that you are the deserving winner.

I am a converted fan. I wasn’t that impressed with Million Dollar Baby and felt that the Oscars were taken away from Mr Scorsese for Aviator. Flags of Our Father, though critically acclaimed by many Americans, was slow and unmoving for me.

Letters of Iwo Jima which focused on the other side of the war, was a lot more sentimental, moving and inspirational. At one point in time, I was rooting for the Japanese who were in fact the aggressors.

We were brought up with history books, television series and stories from our grandfathers who told us of the cruelty of the Japanese. Yet, you as an American director was able to depict the other side with humanity and without bias.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t about which country was right or wrong. You earned my admiration for humanizing this war, and made me understand one important lesson about life.

Letters of Iwo Jima – It didn’t win the Oscars, but won respect

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