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Parents' Guide to

Letters from Iwo Jima

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Eastwood offers a profound perspective on WWII.

Movie R 2006 141 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Haunting and very well made

How do you depict the pain, struggle, dignity and fear of war from a different cultural perspective? This film does an admirable job of engaging in this complex storytelling. It is gripping, brutal and loving in its portrayal of the Japanese at Iwo Jima. The spirit of the film begs to linger a little longer.
age 15+

A powerful companion to "Flag of our Fathers"

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Elegant and sad, Letters from Iwo Jima is a war movie about loss. Director Eastwood conceived it as a companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers, and it is at once a more finely focused and more profound film, with violence that can never answer the questions raised by its long moments of anticipation.

The film interrogates the inevitability of loss in war, even when victory is proclaimed. Superiors communicate to their men that the rationale for war is always the future. Ironically, this is precisely what's lost to those who fight, whether they come back with memories or don't come back at all. Letters ends on the beach where it begins, refusing to illustrate a future after loss, concentrating instead on loss itself. It makes war seem too terrible to bear.

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