Letters from Iwo Jima brings the new job of directing the acclaimed Clint Eastwood, world famous actor and also as a major film producer. Repeatedly acclaimed by critics and audiences, including several Academy Awards (but no Golden Palm at Cannes), Eastwood decided to film the most contentious issue throughout his career to portray, through the prism Japanese invasion of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima by the Americans in the throes of the 2nd World War (1944-1945). As in all we do not have many Hollywood films showing "the other side," Iwo Jima is a merit in itself. Partial exceptions can be made, for example, films like "Schindler's List" and "English Patient", both valiant, though limited in their Western viewpoint that invariably showed the fighters Axis (mainly Germany, Italy and Japan) as real monsters whom the Allies (mainly the USA, USSR and England) were saved from the darkness. Needless to say that complications from a socio-political conflict of the magnitude of a World War reject any simplification Well Mal X like the one above. It also makes no sense to eclipse the obvious: the "other side" also had interests, surely human, and as such there was also feeling, loss, despair, hope. Just like here. Never dealt with in the real world and the wars of all kinds, simply kill the half-beasts, beings that came to be stereotyped as stupid, selfish, even inhuman. Of course, the absurdities of Nazi fascism were far beyond the mere political domination, equivalent to a much more absolute achievement (in the sense of unique, exclusive) of hearts and minds, and this achievement eventually led to a perversion of extremely serious social . However, the world saw here, and unfortunately continues to see, horrible atrocities and excesses that leave nothing to be due to Mussolini or Hitler. In a word: the non-sports flag at all. At this point the film knocks. Do not go overboard. The Japanese appear as ordinary people, with their worldly dreams and his sense of duty so characteristic. This sentiment, rooted in the deeper patriotism, nationalism, can be found, even as a leitmotif of the film. It is always latent desire to die for his country, as this is the dignified death of the fighter in Japan, land of the kamikazes. Likewise, contrary attitudes, such as desertion, are regarded as serious offenses that warrant exclusion and even death. Producing accurate, including Steven Spielberg, along the film tells is many beautiful scenes of war, dotted with well-crafted (and very real) historical, critical in a film that purports to deal with historical facts. The advanced view of the commander of Japanese troops on the island, General Kuribayashi, who constrastava with former officers then, and his defense of the island through subterranean channels instead of the usual construction of trenches on the coast led to a conflict have a largely unfavorable outcome relatively late, with large numbers of casualties on both sides despite the supremacy of all land, sea and air of Americans.
Nevertheless, from the first moment, one can imagine the consequences of the duel, even without any knowledge of history later, and also the direction it does not fail. All Japanese arranged on the island have the sense imminent death. Even the official letter from the Imperial Government of Japan urges them to "fight to the death." Olympic champion himself riding (Japanese) makes mention of his desperate fight for honor. However, the balance of the war had swung decisively to the side of the Allies for some years now. The Soviet blood, with more than 20 million dead, had washed the road to the end of the second world war. There remained only to know on what terms would be "sharing the world" post-war and at this point, the U.S. does not have the rogated. Cite only the stupid use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, played in a country which, although not completely surrender, was in no position to fight except by desperate kamikaze strategy. Proof of U.S. supremacy was given, to the amazement of the world, to the USSR have their own bomb in 1947 and start the high escalation of the Cold War. Last but not least, this seems to be missing something good movie that featured the other. Something different, that portrays a more personal, more human conditions of its dramatic historical plot. It lacked the feeling that "whim", for lack of better word. In the same measure, a film of the same shade of "side" would have nuances and touches of drama, some doubtless greatly exaggerated, to raise the tone and kind of make us forget the war, revealing that only the beautiful side of humanity. Just see, just by way of illustration, there is no citation explanatory post-movie or show scenes of outcome / meaning of that battle, so tragic to the Land of the Rising Sun. Almost as if we were seeing an isolated incident, without cause or very serious consequences. The poetry of the film, so to speak, is very limited to a few frames, as the film's title and shows the discovery of letters buried on the island, making time with whispers of voices, voices that never reached their destination.