Eastwood draws interest from both Japanese and American audiences in Letters from Iwo Jima by letting the side of the battle be seen from the Japanese point of view. Not only is the film made by true Japanese actors, as oppose to Asian- American actors, but also the entire film is spoken in Japanese with English subtitles. This gains the appreciation of the Japanese not only because it is in their own language, but also because the characters are more realistic and authentic when played by Japanese born actors. The Battle of Iwo Jima played a great deal of importance during the war due to the fact that if the Americans captured it, they would be one step closer to being able to invade Japan’s mainland. Japan’s strategy entering the Battle of Iwo Jima was not to win the fight, but instead, kill as many Americans as possible. The Japanese had been trained to always fight to the end, never give up, and especially never surrender...
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...e soldiers committing suicide by blowing themselves up with grenades created considerable controversy.
Letters from Iwo Jima gives the American audience the rare opportunity to finally see World War II from a much different perspective than we are used to. In the final scenes of the movie, over 60 years later during modern day, Japanese archaeologists find letters that were sent to soldiers buried in the ground of Iwo Jima. These letters are symbolic of how despite the fact that we all come from a different background, everyone is still human and no matter what side we are fighting for we all have more in common than we originally think.
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