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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
It needs to be in a war to understand
Have you ever been experiencing a war before to see what these scenes really mean?
The window through which one looks at events is so important that you find some comments criticizing the characters, plots, crafts and so on while some appreciate the brilliant aspects. As someone who has experienced a war, I should say the way they have created the characters, with all their loyalty, stupidity, genius, emotion, fear, courage, faithfulness and bravery feels so genuine to me that reminds me of the war I had partially experienced in my childhood. The sequence of events are so impressing that regardless of goofs, it is capable of influencing the audience with its very intention that HOW UNIMAGINABLY DESTRUCTIVE A WAR COULD BE.
Those who have been fortunate enough not having been touched by any war may not benefit from the real emotional situations like "when Saigo is summoned for war," and how miserable and fearful his wife feels afterward, and how bravery and patriotism is ended to death under the name of valorous suicide.
The people are dying and so is along with them all the supreme humane values. Children are born without their father parenting them. The most valuable resources of a country, the human resources, are being lost unworthily. Highly educated genii (in this film military genii) are being lost for nothing and all the potential brutality that human kind bears -without manifesting it in its regular daily life- is emerged, and they are all happening under the name of WAR.
I believe, through "my window" that this film has been created with the mere intention to touch the emotions so that it show "WHY A WAR IS BAD." It has tried its best to depict the brutality and homicide a war could create. No matter what a war is lit for, it inevitably kills people through the most unimaginable violence.
Although those who have died in this film are actors, they represent the real individuals at the time of war. It means there have certainly been soldiers, in fact human beings, being killed the way shown. Be sure, wherever there is a war, the incidents are not much different from what you were shown to here. The scenes of this film are currently happening in the wars throughout the world, and would happen in future wars also.
By watching this film, through the splendid talent they spend to render the scenes genuine, you had the chance to perceive what a real war would taste. What you can do now is just preventing any war. Try your best for peace and prevent any war with whatever means available to you, for THE WAR KILLS THROUGH THE MOST UNIMAGINABLE VIOLENCE AVAILABLE TO MAN.