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Drama, Period and Historical, War Films
English / Japanese (English subtitles)
Directed by Clint Eastwood, this war film tells the story of the battle for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima between American and Japanese forces in World War II. Unusually for a western movie, it is told from the point of view of Japanese soldiers, focusing on an unconventional general, Kuribayashi, who does not share the fanaticism of his fellow officers. Though semi-fictionalised, many of the characters in the film are based on real people, and the film avoids World War II cliches to paint a melancholy picture of men with human desires and failings caught up in a hellish situation.
Possibly the greatest war film ever made, this anime is the deeply moving tale of a boy and his sister fighting to survive in World War II Japan.
11+ years 89 mins
Examination of how the famed World War Two photo of US troops raising their nation's flag on the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima became a propaganda tool.
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