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JustAForeignReader Says, in 2-4-2010 at 21:40:15 from     

and it bored me to death by watching it. and there were lot of movies about the second world war, but this movie unfortunately carried the most boring and dead-beat storyline. while ‘flag of our fathers’ was full of hollow parties and big words, ‘letters from iwo jima’ was even worse, not just boring, but subtly insert a message to let you see how cruel and abusive the japanese high ranking officers were to their subordinate soldiers. there almost nothing worth to be seen in this hollow and boring movie. i just have to say that both the ‘flag’ and the ‘letters’ sucked big time. they were two of the worst movies in my viewing experience, and they didn’t even deserve my time to write reviews, because it’s simply dumb after i’ve already wasted almost over 5 hours sitting through them.
Rating: 2 / 5

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Joseph K. Bagdonas Says, in 2-4-2010 at 22:28:30 from     

I had always liked Clint Eastwood, both as an actor, then as a director. However his latest release, “Letters From Iwo Jima”, with all the hype, television commercials and advertisements, with it’s, “4 Academy Award Nominations”, leaves a lot to be desired!

All those television commercials don’t tell you that the movie is only available in Japanese, with optional English subtitles! For a movie marketed in the United States, no matter how `historically correct’ it may or may not be, should be available in `English’!

Granted, some movies are meant to tell a story. But movies, whether fiction, non-fiction, action, drama, comedy, sci-fi, what-ever, are also to `entertain’. Sure, those movies that `may be’ historically correct may teach correct events in history, however is the best way to do that is by reading subtitles on a television?

I mean, if I wanted to know any specifics about Iwo Jima, I’m sure I can find dozens of books I can read on that subject! I don’t want to read subtitles on my television!

Even trying to view this movie, the subtitles that `pop up’, doesn’t stay there long enough to even read them.

Not unlike “Flags of Our Fathers”, (which I was also extremely disappointed with as a movie), and which was offered along with this movie in a special two-pack edition, I fell asleep trying to watch both of these movies.

Sorry Clint, I know Japanese back in World War II, didn’t speak English, but if you want to hold an audience, you have to do it in a language they can understand. Okay, throw in an `accent’ in there to make it more real, if you need to, but `GEE’ weren’t lessons learned from Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” when that came out in a `non-English’ version?

I’m sure this movie will do well in Japan, and in Japanese communities in the United States, but that is not where the biggest market is going to be! I don’t want to `read’ movies!

Educate me if you desire, take my money and entertain me, but do it in English!

Rating: 1 / 5

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Robert I. Bloom Says, in 2-4-2010 at 23:41:30 from     

, June 29, 2007

By Robert I. Bloom (brooklyn, ny USA) – See all my reviews

more boring bad filmmaking from this over rated stoic and sadly incompetent director– i grant you- million dollar baby was great– i guess because hillary swank was in it and even clint eastwood couldnt ruin her incredible devotion to perfection—but yet another movie by this untalented excuse of a director dispLays eastwoOds usuaL MISSTEPS -CAMERA ALWAYS IN THE WRONG PLACE– NO BUILDING OF TENSION–hence NO RELEASE OF TENSION– WHICH I THInK HE STRIVES FOR BUT ALWAYS MISSES — HE CANT TELL A STORY AND APPARENTLY HAS NO CLUE HOW TO DIRECT ACTORS —IF HE CASTS A GENIUS LIKE SWANK HE MIGHT GET LUCKY W THEM AND NOT RUIN THEIR WORK–OTHERWISE HIS INCOMPETENCE IS OVERWHELMING–NO PACE NOT A CHARACTER THAT ISNT WOODEN–LIKE HIMSELF–the whole movie every pathetic scene is claustrophobic feeling– I FOUND this movie and its partner movie flags –LITERALLY UNWATCHABLY BORING AND ILL CONCEIVED—-so many american movies are so bad its doubly pATHETIC that this untalented guy is raised to such a high level by so many but understandable i guess when u consider the competition—are there any consistently great american directors anymore—-w clint eastwoods paultry talents on top its a sad commentary indeed —I LOVE WAR FILMS— ARMY MOVIES I USED TO CALL THEM– GUNS OF NAVARRONE– DIRTY DOZEN– BACK TO BATAAN—PEARL HARBOR !!!!LAWRENCE OF ARABIA ! BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI— THE STORY OF GI JOE COMING HOME APOCOLYPSE NOW BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY IN COUNTRY JACKKNIFE— BLACK HAWK DOWN AND THE MASTERPIECE OF THEM ALL– THREE KINGS !!!! AMONG MANY MANY OTHERS– MADE BY TALENTED FILMmAKERS WHO KNeW WHAT THEY were DOING– I HAD GREAT EXPECTATIONS W THESE TWO MOVIES— BUT THE LACK OF PACE, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT STORY LINE art direction editing !!–ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE MOVIE MAKING COMPELLING– ALL ABSENT HERE—- MORE DRIVEL FROM THIS PATHETIC DIRECTOR !!!! I SAY TAKE HIS LICENSE AWAY !!!!!! who can sit thru such interminably dull efforts from this guy !!!??? dont believe the hype– monkeys could direct his movies better– in fact he once hired a monkey to do just that– and the monkey was in the movie too— and he wasnt bad— but clint?? retire dude !! please !!

Rating: 1 / 5

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Max Says, in 2-5-2010 at 00:31:42 from     

If you hate America, and ignore history, this is the movie for you. First of all, the movie was extremely boring, mostly dialog (in Japanese with sub-titles), very little war action. As the movie progresses, you see that it is really a thinly veiled attack on America, and on war in general.

The movie takes a huge left turn, exemplified by two scenes. In the first, the Japanese are shown to risk their own lives to run into enemy fire to recover a wounded US soldier, then they treat him with the last of their morphine. This is in contrast to the scene showing a US soldier shooting 2 unarmed, captured POW’s who surrendered so the Americans would give them a meal.

Clint Eastwood must have lost his mind if he thinks my grandfater and his brothers in arms EVER shot an unarmed POW.

Please avoid this movie.
Rating: 1 / 5

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Wynand Meyering Says, in 2-5-2010 at 00:54:07 from     

Watched for 1hour 14 minutes in disappointment. The script is terrible. Don’t make the mistake of watching this movie. Why all the hype? How can this be a Clint Eastwood directed movie? Firstly, this movie makes fun of sacrifice. It makes fun of the Japanese commitment to Japan. For sure I do not know precisely what happened at Iwo Jima, all I know is that 22000 fought till only 216 remained. That is a victory. As big as the firefighters of 9/11. It is something, it seems that Clint Eastwood, that willingly directed this movie, will never understand. Having no choice in life but to die honorably.

Iwo Jima was a last-stand before the enemy reached Japan, much like the Alamo. Soldiers don’t harbor anti-war sentiment when your home and family is threatened – you pull together. Fight and die together. I didn’t get the idea that there were 22000 soldiers on the island. The American forces were realistically depicted. This is a clear anti-war movie – only problem is that it makes fun of the commitment of a die-hard enemy facing destruction.
Rating: 1 / 5

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