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  1. GaryL.
    Feb 2, 2007
    0
    Clint Eastwood somehow over looked the fact that From the invasion of China in 1937 to the end of World War II, the Japanese military regime murdered near 3,000,000 to over 10,000,000 people, most probably almost 6,000,000 Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Indochinese, among others, including Western prisoners of war. This democide was due to a morally bankrupt political and Clint Eastwood somehow over looked the fact that From the invasion of China in 1937 to the end of World War II, the Japanese military regime murdered near 3,000,000 to over 10,000,000 people, most probably almost 6,000,000 Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Indochinese, among others, including Western prisoners of war. This democide was due to a morally bankrupt political and military strategy, military expediency and custom, and national culture (such as the view that those enemy soldiers who surrender while still able to resist were criminals). How ridiculous to even make such a movie. Expand
  2. LaughingStock
    Mar 5, 2007
    1
    Fantastic yarn by Clint Eastwood about Japanese compassion at Iwo Jima as he rewrites history. These are the historical facts in that we created the monster. In 1894 we forcibly make Japan enter into an alliance to open their ports to the U.S. and Great Britain after a 200 year absense of visiting Japanese soil. Humiliated they agree as they do not have the technology to match up withFantastic yarn by Clint Eastwood about Japanese compassion at Iwo Jima as he rewrites history. These are the historical facts in that we created the monster. In 1894 we forcibly make Japan enter into an alliance to open their ports to the U.S. and Great Britain after a 200 year absense of visiting Japanese soil. Humiliated they agree as they do not have the technology to match up with the West. Japan then sends their best 150 young minds to the U.S. and Great Britain to learn modern technology. Among these is a young Samarui name Lt. Toga. He studies in Great Britain and adopts the ruthless agenda of Admiral Nelson in show no mercy to your enemies. Japan then becomes an industrial power as we teach them our technology. In 1905 Japan intends to invade China and Korea who are defenseless. To do so they must defeat Russia. Admiral Toga in 1905 springs a SNEAK ATTACK against the Russians in the Battle of Port Arthur without announcing WAR on Russia. The American press lauds Japan and calls it a stroke of genius as Japan is our ally. The Japanese are ruthless as they crush their enemy. 35 years later the U.S. doesn't find it so amusing when they SNEAK ATTACK Pearl Harbor where again they show no mercy. But I guess Clint feels they discover God and change their stripes at Iwo Jima. Nice story if you want to believe it??? Expand
  3. Fantasy
    Jan 19, 2007
    0
    Wonderful movie if you love rewriting history. Unbelievable and insult to our brave men and women who died during WW II. Japan has a history of sneak attacks long before Pearl Harbor in 1941 as they did the same thing in Port Arthur to the Russians in 1905. And 36 years later they pull this stunt again. But leave it to Clint to portray how honorable this nation of Japan truly is. I guess Wonderful movie if you love rewriting history. Unbelievable and insult to our brave men and women who died during WW II. Japan has a history of sneak attacks long before Pearl Harbor in 1941 as they did the same thing in Port Arthur to the Russians in 1905. And 36 years later they pull this stunt again. But leave it to Clint to portray how honorable this nation of Japan truly is. I guess according to the left wing liberal Eastwood America is the bad guys. What a joke! Expand
  4. Dr.Strangelove
    Jan 3, 2007
    0
    Just amazing how Japan, a Sneak Attack nation, 65 years later can be reinvented with honor in that they were the good guys. Too bad we can't ask the surviving parents or the spouses of those who were killed by their infamy on December 7, 1941 or the other Asians who suffered a similar fate in Japan's March of Infamy. Why does Hollywood insist on revisionist history. These wereJust amazing how Japan, a Sneak Attack nation, 65 years later can be reinvented with honor in that they were the good guys. Too bad we can't ask the surviving parents or the spouses of those who were killed by their infamy on December 7, 1941 or the other Asians who suffered a similar fate in Japan's March of Infamy. Why does Hollywood insist on revisionist history. These were bad people who had no regard for any other life other than their own. They were slightly above today's terrorists who have no regard even for their own lives. This is a travesty to the brave men who died because of this sneak attack that plunged us into war on a day that will live in infamy forever. What's next Hitler for the Puliizer Prize for humanitarism? Revolitng. Expand
  5. Ladyfinger
    Jan 21, 2007
    0
    It amazes me how the American public can buy into propaganda. I saw the movie and as a work of art it is pretty good. But the story it tells is more fiction than fact having a loved one who participated in the event. But why should that stop a liberal Clint Eastwood from rewriting history? Time heals all wounds and it is nearly 70 years since the event took place. Most of our braveIt amazes me how the American public can buy into propaganda. I saw the movie and as a work of art it is pretty good. But the story it tells is more fiction than fact having a loved one who participated in the event. But why should that stop a liberal Clint Eastwood from rewriting history? Time heals all wounds and it is nearly 70 years since the event took place. Most of our brave American men are now presumbably dead and have no way to respond to this attrocity portraying the Japaneese as the good guys fighting with honor. What is so bothersome is that Japan has a history of Sneak Attacks long before Pearl Harbor. In 1905 it is true that the sandbagged the Russians at Port Arthur and then planned to destroy their Navy again after the initial Sneak Attack which they were very successful in doing. This led us into WW I. HIstory repeated itself on Dec. 7, 1941 a day that used to live in Infamy, that is before Clint Eastwood decided to change things up? If you don't learn from history we are bound to repeat it. I have to laugh as we now commence wars (i.e. Iraq) by asking we are going to bomb you on Monday is that good for you? Can you imagine the world's outcry if America ever Sneak Attacked anyone? But I am only someone who is aware of the terrible things that the Japanese did to our boys at Iwo Jim; but who am I to argue with Clint Eastwood how honorable the ENEMY was? If you want to buy into this propaganda then by all means enjoy the movie. As I said it was a good movie from an artistic point of view and on that there can be no mistake. But to rewrite history and have people feeling sorry for the truly bad guys is just a bit too much. Expand
  6. TomSheehan
    Jan 22, 2007
    0
    I served as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Miliatry base on Iwo Jima in 1971-72. I have been in the caves throughout the island and I have the original translations of Gen Kuribayshi's letters to his wife and children. I can tell you that the only historically correct fact in this movie is General Kuribayashi's name. This was a very disappointing film. It did not accuratelyI served as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Miliatry base on Iwo Jima in 1971-72. I have been in the caves throughout the island and I have the original translations of Gen Kuribayshi's letters to his wife and children. I can tell you that the only historically correct fact in this movie is General Kuribayashi's name. This was a very disappointing film. It did not accurately portray the magnitude of suffering of the 21,000 Japanese who died on the island, nor the extreme difficulty encountered by the Marines in crossing the beach. Anyone who has been to the "Black Pearl" and walked the soft sand on the beaches will know the difficulty of moving any type of vehicle out of the clear line of fire from Mt. Suribachi. The scene wherein a horse was galloping across the black sand was laughable. Expand
  7. FedUp
    Feb 2, 2007
    2
    I saw both Flags and Iwo Jima. Boy do you liberals automatically buy into Clint's revisionist history. From an artistic point of view the movies are both quite good. But when the subject matter is twisted and manipulated to serve left wing purposes then take it with a grain of salt which is exactly what I did.
  8. Goffy
    Feb 8, 2007
    2
    Chade you're right in that Iwo Jima helped us understand our enemy better. They had nothing but love for our G I's. What nice people Clint showed us with their kindness and humiltiy. Hell, we should have lost the war because we would have better off. Imagine us Sneak Attacking those nice Japanese at Pearl Harbor. And shame on us in that we actually thought they started the war? Chade you're right in that Iwo Jima helped us understand our enemy better. They had nothing but love for our G I's. What nice people Clint showed us with their kindness and humiltiy. Hell, we should have lost the war because we would have better off. Imagine us Sneak Attacking those nice Japanese at Pearl Harbor. And shame on us in that we actually thought they started the war? I guess the tens of millions they murdered along the way in reality must have committed hari kari. I just love how Clint rewrites history, don't you? Expand
  9. AsianPeople
    Dec 11, 2006
    3
    The movie glorfies the Japanese Imperial Army, one of history's greatest evils.

    Ask the 1.3 billion Chinese what they think of 'Japanese Valor' - Specifically the 320,000 killed and 30,000 women raped in Nanking (today's Nanjing)...Or the Koreans and their feeling about the annexation of Korea for nearly 100 years. To produce a movie like this regarding Nazi Germany
    The movie glorfies the Japanese Imperial Army, one of history's greatest evils.

    Ask the 1.3 billion Chinese what they think of 'Japanese Valor' - Specifically the 320,000 killed and 30,000 women raped in Nanking (today's Nanjing)...Or the Koreans and their feeling about the annexation of Korea for nearly 100 years. To produce a movie like this regarding Nazi Germany would be unthinkable; but then again, Americans have little thought for non-whites. - they are not really human anyway and their tragedies at the hand of Imperial Japan is acceptable..Hollywood makes a movie about the enemy killing Americans (the enemy's point of view)- Its just like watching CNN International but with more blood and gore.

    Maybe the Japanese will find this inetersting; but the rest of Asia who suffered under Japanese atrocities will not - and if we did watch, we'd cheer on every Japanese death.
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  10. DWilly
    Feb 10, 2007
    1
    Either this is one of the all time overrated turkeys or somebody screwed up the subtitle translation on the print I saw. The final jaw dropper for me was "I have to think it was a shame we lost our fleet", and I had to walk... and I almost never walk. Not only was the color miserably bleached, so were the performances, the drama, and everything else a movie is suppose to be. I can only Either this is one of the all time overrated turkeys or somebody screwed up the subtitle translation on the print I saw. The final jaw dropper for me was "I have to think it was a shame we lost our fleet", and I had to walk... and I almost never walk. Not only was the color miserably bleached, so were the performances, the drama, and everything else a movie is suppose to be. I can only hope this films mindbogglingly positive reception doesn't encourage Clint to use his cliched, aw shucks approach to make nice the Japanese rape of Nanking. Expand
  11. SteveW.
    Mar 13, 2007
    0
    Nothing but lies. The Japanese never acted honorably or with integrity. The saddest thing is that people (mostly the younger generation) will watch this movie and think it is true and like a documentary. Nonsense! This movie is nothing but dramatic license liberally and grotesquely utilized in order to sell movie tickets. Hopefully people will be smart enough to do their own research so Nothing but lies. The Japanese never acted honorably or with integrity. The saddest thing is that people (mostly the younger generation) will watch this movie and think it is true and like a documentary. Nonsense! This movie is nothing but dramatic license liberally and grotesquely utilized in order to sell movie tickets. Hopefully people will be smart enough to do their own research so that they can learn what true barbarians the Japanese were and still are! Somehow, I seriously doubt that. Expand
  12. Robin
    Mar 2, 2007
    3
    Boring script, flat characters and an ungracefully superimposed message. what a disappointment.
  13. Oct 16, 2014
    0
    They edited out the scene where Japanese soldiers ripped open pregnant women and tore their fetuses out from their wombs... And they forgot the scene where Japanese soldiers where Japanese soldiers gang-raped ten year old girls to death and then stuffed bamboo poles up their vaginas...

    Well, I suppose those women and girls are not important enough for this film... This is the most
    They edited out the scene where Japanese soldiers ripped open pregnant women and tore their fetuses out from their wombs... And they forgot the scene where Japanese soldiers where Japanese soldiers gang-raped ten year old girls to death and then stuffed bamboo poles up their vaginas...

    Well, I suppose those women and girls are not important enough for this film...

    This is the most morally reprehensible and disgusting film of all-time... It shamelessly warps historical truth. It attempts to portray the most brutal, sadistic, cruel, and inhuman monsters of all-time as tragic heroes who are somehow worthy of our sympathy and admiration...

    As a sequel to this film, Mr. Eastwood ought to make a film that depicts how wonderful and nice Nazi SS soldiers are...

    The only good part of this movie is where the stupid Japanese soldiers blew themselves up with grenades for their rat-faced devil coward emperor... That was a laugher lol... They died for nothing, they died for a diabolical regime of mass murder, rape and torture... And it is quite entertaining to know that they now burn in hell for their crimes...
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Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Now Eastwood turns on a dime and tackles not just his first war movie but two war movies of considerable scope and complexity. If he doesn't nail everything perfectly, he nevertheless has created a vivid memorial to the courage on both sides of this battle and created an awareness in the public consciousness at a most opportune moment about how war feels to those lost in its fog.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Taken together, "Flags" and "Letters" represent a genuinely imposing achievement, one that looks at war unflinchingly -- that does not deny its necessity but above all laments the human loss it entails.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    It's unprecedented, a sorrowful and savagely beautiful elegy that can stand in the company of the greatest antiwar movies.