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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Rating: 5/5

Even though this movie is superior to Flags of Our Fathers, its companion movie, each contributes to and enriches the other. Consequently, I recommend seeing both movies.

Kazunari Ninomiya is amazing as Saigo; his acting is very convincing, and I really cared about Saigo and kept hoping he would survive. The whole cast is brilliant, but it is Ninomiya who shines the brightest.

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Brutally realistic yet humanistic and moving, this excellent war drama is the best Clint Eastwood–directed movie I have seen. When the movie was over, I felt like applauding—that has only happened a few times in my life.