Letters from Iwo Jima

For the second time in less than three months, Clint Eastwood has a war movie in theaters, “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

There are two sides to every war and two sides to every story. That's why just a few months after unfurling “Flags of our Fathers,” director Clint Eastwood is treating us to a second film about the world war two battle over the island of Iwo Jima.

“Letters from Iwo Jima” focuses on the Japanese version of the engagement. It's based on the real correspondence from the foot soldiers who knew these tunnels they were digging would likely be their tombs.

Where “Flags of our Fathers” is a good movie, “Letters from Iwo Jima” is a great one. The flip-side of the coin here is much more poignant. Here's why. “Flags” is as much about the military spin machine and the search for truth behind the Joe Rosenthal photo as it is about the war.

“Letters” is a smaller more personal film on the tolls of war as seen by those on the front lines.

Eastwood made letters on a tiny budget in about a month, but you wouldn't know it.

He has crafted a true masterpiece.His precision with every aspect of the production can be seen in every scene. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles but, don't let that scare you away.

“Letters from Iwo Jima” earns 4 out of 4 stars.

Morgan Dean, At the Box Office for 8NEWS

Copyright 2007 by Young Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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