Sunday, August 2, 2009

Letters From Iwo Jima & Flags of Our Fathers

Since both of these movies are both related to the Battle of Iwo Jima, I thought it would be best to group them together as a "double feature." Both movies are set in the same time period, though each depict different perspectives of the war.

Letters From Iwo Jima shows the war from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers. It's very interesting to see the story unfold from a different perspective.

The film showed the strategy of the Japanese used to defend their island of Iwo Jima from the Americans. It also depicts the personal struggles and lives of the Japanese soldiers. It's a very good movie to watch and to see things from a different perspective.

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Flags of Our Fathers shows the war from the perspective of the American soldiers. It showed the struggles and personal lives of the American soldiers who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima. It was a neat way of telling the story as it was told backwards - from the present to the past.

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Overall, I enjoyed both movies very much. When watching war movies, it always makes me thankful for the freedom that we have today. I think many people still take freedom for granted. In some countries, a mandatory military draft still exists. After watching these types of movies, it makes me grateful for the freedoms we have today - these soldiers have risked their lives for our future.

I highly recommend both movies. I suggest watching Letters From Iwo Jima before watching Flags of Our Fathers.

Letters From Iwo Jima sets the tone for the time period. You learn the military strategy of the Japanese and also what the Japanese soldiers went through while at Iwo Jima. If you watch this film first, then when watching Flags of Our Fathers you will better understand certain parts of the movie which depict some events and landscape from Letters From Iwo Jima.

If you're in the mood for a war type movie, I definitely recommend watching both these movies. Happy movie watching!

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