Some of the most glaring errors that Letters from Iwo Jima has stem from either cultural misinterpretations or fallacies. Although many Japanese committed suicide during World War II and the Battle of Iwo Jima, it would have been ludicrous for a commanding officer to behead a subordinate in feudal Japanese fashion. As Kuribayashi said, “I don’t want you to kill my soldiers needlessly” (Letters from Iwo Jima). Killing soldiers would only make it easier for the Americans to take Iwo Jima and move closer to taking the Japanese mainland. Perhaps even more ridiculous is the fact that Saigo and Hanako were wearing kimonos. According to MIT, Kimonos ceased to be commonplace before the turn of the century (“Kimono Hypertext: History”). Assuming that a common baker and his wife would hav...
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Letters from Iwo Jima. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Perf. Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryo Kase, and Tsuyoshi Ihara. Amblin Entertainment, 2006. Film.
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