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Flags of Our Fathers
Directed byClint Eastwood
Produced by
  • Clint Eastwood
Screenplay by
Based onFlags of Our Fathers
by James Bradley
and Ron Powers
Music by
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Uncredited:
  • Michael Stevens
CinematographyTom Stern
Edited byJoel Cox
Distributed by
  • United States/Bahamas :
    Paramount Pictures
  • International:
    Warner Bros. Pictures
  • October 20, 2006
132 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$90 million[2]
Box office$65.9 million[2]

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Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American war film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles Jr., and Paul Haggis. It is based on the 2000 book of the same name written by James Bradley and Ron Powers about the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima, the five Marines and one Navy corpsman who were involved in raising the flag on Iwo Jima, and the aftereffects of that event on their lives.

Until June 23, 2016, Bradley's father John Bradley, Navy corpsman, was misidentified as being one of the figures who raised the second flag, and incorrectly depicted on the memorial as the third bronze statue from the base of the flagstaff with the 32-foot (9.8-m) bronze statues of the other five flag-raisers on the monument.[3]

The film is taken from the American viewpoint of the Battle of Iwo Jima, while its companion film, Letters from Iwo Jima, which Eastwood also directed, is from the Japanese viewpoint of the battle. Letters from Iwo Jima was released in Japan on December 9, 2006, and in the United States on December 20, 2006, two months after the release of Flags of Our Fathers on October 20, 2006.

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As three US servicemen – Marine Private First Class Ira Hayes, Private First Class Rene Gagnon, and Navy CorpsmanJohn 'Doc' Bradley – are feted as heroes in a war bond drive, they reflect on their experiences via flashback.

After training at Camp Tarawa in Hawaii, the 28th Marine Regiment5th Marine Division sails to invade Iwo Jima. The Navy bombards suspected Japanese positions for three days. Sergeant Mike Strank is put in charge of Second Platoon.

The next day, February 19, 1945, the Marines land in Higgins boats and LVTs. The beaches are silent and Private First Class Ralph 'Iggy' Ignatowski wonders if the defenders are all dead before Japanese heavy artillery and machine guns open fire on the advancing Marines and the Navy ships. Casualties are heavy, but the beaches are secured.

Two days later, the Marines attack Mount Suribachi under a rain of Japanese artillery and machine gun fire, as the Navy bombards the mountain. Doc saves the lives of several Marines under fire, which later earns him the Navy Cross. The mountain is eventually secured.

On February 23, the platoon under command of Sergeant Hank Hansen reaches the top of Mount Suribachi and hoists the United States flag to cheers from the beaches and the ships. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, who witnesses the flag raising as he lands on the beach, requests the flag for himself. Colonel Chandler Johnson decides his 2nd Battalion deserves the flag more. Rene is sent up with Second Platoon to replace the first flag with a second one for Forrestal to take. Mike, Doc, Ira, Rene, and two other Marines (Corporal Harlon Block and Private First Class Franklin Sousley) are photographed by Joe Rosenthal as they raise the second flag.

On March 1, the Second Platoon is ambushed from a Japanese machine gun nest. During the fight over the nest, Mike is hit by a U.S. Navy shell and dies from his wounds. Later that day, Hank is shot in the chest and dies, and Harlon is killed by machine gun fire.

Two nights later, while Doc is helping a wounded Marine, Iggy is abducted by Japanese troops and dragged into a tunnel. Doc finds his viciously mangled body a few days later. On March 21, Franklin is killed by machine gun fire and dies in Ira's arms. Of the eight men in the squad, only three are left: Doc, Ira, and Rene. A few days after Franklin's death, Doc is wounded by artillery fire while trying to save a fellow corpsman. He survives and is sent back home. On March 26, the battle ends and the U.S. Marines are victorious.

After the battle, the press gets hold of Rosenthal's photograph. It is a huge morale booster and becomes famous. Rene is asked to name the six men in the photo; he identifies himself, Mike, Doc, and Franklin, but misidentifies Harlon as Hank. Rene eventually names Ira as the sixth man, even after Ira threatens to kill him for doing so.

Doc, Ira, and Rene are sent home as part of the seventh bond tour. When they arrive to a hero's welcome in Washington, DC, Doc notices that Hank's mother is on the list of mothers of the dead flag raisers. Ira angrily denounces the bond drive as a farce. The men are reprimanded by Bud Gerber of the Treasury Department, who tells them that the country cannot afford the war and if the bond drive fails, the U.S. will abandon the Pacific and their sacrifices will be for nothing. The three agree not to tell anyone that Hank was not in the photograph.

As the three are sent around the country to raise money and make speeches, Ira is guilt-ridden, faces discrimination as a Native American, and descends into alcoholism. After he throws up one night in front of General Alexander Vandegrift, commandant of the Marine Corps, he is sent back to his unit and the bond drive continues without him.

After the war, the three survivors return to their homes. Ira still struggles with alcoholism and is never able to escape his unwanted fame. One day after being released from jail, he hitchhikes over 1,300 miles to Texas to see Harlon Block's family. He tells Harlon's father that his son was indeed at the base of the flag in the photograph. In 1954, the USMC War Memorial is dedicated and the three flag raisers see each other one last time. In 1955, Ira dies of exposure after a night of drinking. That same year, Doc drives to the town where Iggy's mother lives to tell her how Iggy died, though it is implied that he does not tell her the truth. Rene attempts a business career, but finds that the opportunities and offers he received during the bond drive are rescinded. He spends the rest of his life as a janitor. Doc, by contrast, is successful, buying a funeral home. In 1994, on his deathbed, he tells his story to his son, James, and in a final flashback to 1945, the men swim in the ocean after raising the flags.



  • Ryan Phillippe as Pharmacist's Mate Second Class John Bradley, the only one of the six flag raisers who was not a Marine
    • George Grizzard as Older John Bradley
  • Jesse Bradford as Corporal Rene Gagnon
  • Adam Beach as Corporal Ira Hayes
  • John Benjamin Hickey as Gunnery Sergeant Keyes Beech
  • Paul Walker as Sergeant Hank Hansen, who helped with the first flag raising and was misidentified as Harlon Block
  • John Slattery as Bud Gerber
  • Barry Pepper as Sergeant Michael Strank
  • Jamie Bell as Private Ralph Ignatowski
  • Robert Patrick as Colonel Johnson
  • Neal McDonough as Captain Dave Severance
    • Harve Presnell as Older Dave Severance
  • Melanie Lynskey as Pauline Harnois Gagnon
  • Tom McCarthy as James Bradley
  • Chris Bauer as General Alexander Vandegrift, the Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • Gordon Clapp as General Holland Smith, who led the invasion of Iwo Jima
  • Judith Ivey as Belle Block
  • Ann Dowd as Mrs. Strank
  • Myra Turley as Madeline Evelley
  • Jason Gray-Stanford as Lieutenant
  • Joseph Michael Cross as Private First Class Franklin Sousley
  • Benjamin Walker as Corporal Harlon Block, who was misidentified as Hank Hansen
  • Alessandro Mastrobuono as Corporal Chuck Lindberg
  • Scott Eastwood as Private Roberto Lundsford
  • David Patrick Kelly as President Harry S. Truman
  • Jeremiah Kirnberger as Gunners Mate 1st Class



The film rights to the book were purchased by DreamWorks in June 2000.[4] Producer Steven Spielberg brought William Broyles to write the first drafts of the script, before director Clint Eastwood brought Paul Haggis to rewrite.[5] In the process of reading about the Japanese perspective of the war, in particular General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Eastwood decided to film a companion piece with Letters from Iwo Jima, which was shot entirely in Japanese.[6]Bradley Cooper auditioned for one of the leading roles.[7]Flags of Our Fathers was shot in the course of 58 days.[6]Jared Leto was originally cast as Rene Gagnon but had to back out due to a tour commitment with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.[8]

Flags of Our Fathers cost $55 million, although it was originally budgeted at $80 million. Variety subsequently downgraded the price tag to $55 million. Although the film is taken from the American viewpoint of the battle, it was filmed almost entirely in Iceland and Southern California, with a few scenes shot in Chicago. Shooting ended early 2006, before production for Letters from Iwo Jima began in March 2006.


Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews, with the review tallying website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 138 out of the 189 reviews they tallied were positive for a score of 73% and a certification of 'fresh'.[9] On Metacritic, the film scored a 79 out of 100 based on 39 reviews, indicating 'Generally favorable reviews.'[10]

The film made the top-10 list of the National Board of Review. Eastwood also earned a Golden Globe nomination for directing. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards — for Best Sound (John T. Reitz, David E. Campbell, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin) and Sound Editing.[11] Film critic Richard Roeper said, 'Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers stands with the Oscar-winning Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby as an American masterpiece. It is a searing and powerful work from a 76-year-old artist who remains at the top of his game.. [and] Flags of Our Fathers is a patriotic film in that it honors those who fought in the Pacific, but it is also patriotic because it questions the official version of the truth, and reminds us that superheroes exist only in comic books and cartoon movies.'[12]

Top ten lists[edit]

All regular verbs list. Flags of Our Fathers was listed on numerous critics' top ten lists for 2006.[13]

  • 1st – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 1st – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
  • 1st – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
  • 1st – Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post
  • 2nd – Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 3rd – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 3rd – Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 3rd – Jack Matthews, New York Daily News (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 3rd – Lou Lumenick, New York Post (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 3rd – Richard Roeper, At the Movies (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)
  • 3rd – Claudia Puig, USA Today
  • 4th – William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • 5th – Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter
  • 5th – Richard Schickel, Time
  • 5th – David Edelstein, Fresh Air (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)[14]
  • 7th – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times (tied with Letters from Iwo Jima)[15]
  • Best of 2006 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) – David Denby, The New Yorker[16]

Box office[edit]

Despite critical acclaim, the film under-performed at the box office, earning just $65,900,249 worldwide on an estimated $90 million production budget. It took in $2.7 million less than its companion film Letters From Iwo Jima, which had a budget of $71 million less (its total budget being $19 million).[17]

Spike Lee controversy[edit]

At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, director Spike Lee, who was making Miracle at St. Anna, about an all-black U.S. division fighting in Italy during World War II, criticized director Clint Eastwood for not depicting black Marines in Flags of Our Fathers.[18] Citing historical accuracy, Eastwood responded that his film was specifically about the Marines who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima, pointing out that while black Marines did fight at Iwo Jima, the U.S. military was segregated during World War II, and none of the men who raised the flag was black. Eastwood believed Lee was using the comments to promote Miracle at St. Anna and angrily said that Lee should 'shut his face'.[18] Lee responded that Eastwood was acting like an 'angry old man', and argued that despite making two Iwo Jima films back to back, Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers, 'there was not one black Marine in both of those films'.[19][20][21]

Contrary to Lee's claims, however, black Marines (including an all-black unit) are seen in several scenes during which the mission is outlined, as well as during the initial landings, when a wounded black Marine is carried away. During the end credits, historical photographs taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima show black Marines. Although black Marines fought in the battle, they were restricted to auxiliary roles, such as ammunition supply, and were not involved in the battle's major assaults; they did, however, take part in defensive actions.[22] According to Alexander M. Bielakowski and Raffaele Ruggeri, 'Half a million African Americans served overseas during World War II, almost all in segregated second-line units.'[23] The number of African Americans killed in action was 708.[24]

Spielberg later intervened between the two directors, after which Lee sent a copy of a film on which he was working to Eastwood for a private screening as a seeming token of apology.[18]

Home media[edit]

The DVD was released in the United States by DreamWorks Home Entertainment and internationally by Warner Home Video on February 6, 2007. It is devoid of any special features.

A two-disc Special Collector's Edition DVD (with special features) was released on May 22, 2007.[25] It was also released on HD DVD and Blu-ray formats.[26]

The Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition DVD is also available in a five-disc commemorative set that also includes the two-disc Special Collector's Edition of Letters from Iwo Jima and a bonus fifth disc containing History Channel's Heroes of Iwo Jima documentary and To the Shores of Iwo Jima, a documentary produced by the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps, released by Warner Home Video.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^'FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (15)'. British Board of Film Classification. October 5, 2006. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  2. ^ abFlags of Our Fathers at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^USMC Statement on Marine Corps Flag RaisersArchived June 24, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication, 23 June 2016
  4. ^Fleming, Michael (June 20, 2000). 'Deal for 'Flags' rights raised by DreamWorks'. Variety. Archived from the original on December 25, 2017.
  5. ^Staff (December 17, 2006). ''Flags of Our Fathers,' William Broyles Jr., Paul Haggis'. Variety. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  6. ^ abByrne, Bridge (January 25, 2006). 'Eastwood makes war'. Variety. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  7. ^Lynn Hirschberg (January 9, 2014). 'The Agony and the Ecstasy'. W. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  8. ^Jeff LaBrecque (January 17, 2015). 'Jared Leto: Heartthrob, Rock Star, Oscar Contender?'. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  9. ^'Flags of Our Fathers (2006)'. Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on January 21, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2007.
  10. ^'Flags of Our Fathers'. Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012.
  11. ^'The 79th Academy Awards (2007) Nominees and Winners'. oscars.org. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  12. ^Roeper, Richard (October 20, 2006). 'Grand old 'Flags''. Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  13. ^'Metacritic: 2006 Film Critic Top Ten Lists'. archive.org. December 13, 2007. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^'The Year in Movies: The Best of 2006'. npr.org. Archived from the original on March 11, 2018.
  15. ^Ebert, Roger. 'The best movies of 2006 - Roger Ebert's Journal - Roger Ebert'. www.rogerebert.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2018.
  16. ^Denby, David (December 11, 2006). 'Memorable Movies of 2006'. Archived from the original on July 2, 2017 – via www.newyorker.com.
  17. ^'Letters from Iwo Jima'. Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  18. ^ abcEliot (2009), p.322-323
  19. ^Marikar, Sheila (June 6, 2008). 'Spike Strikes Back: Clint's 'an Angry Old Man''. ABC. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  20. ^'Eastwood hits back at Lee claims'. BBC News. June 6, 2008. Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  21. ^Lyman, Eric J. (May 21, 2008). 'Lee calls out Eastwood, Coens over casting'. The Hollywood Reporter, The Daily from Cannes. Cannes (8): 3, 24. Archived from the original on June 18, 2008.
  22. ^'MONTFORD POINT MARINES'. Mpma28.com. Archived from the original on November 11, 2005. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  23. ^'African American Troops in World War II'. Alexander M. Bielakowski, Raffaele Ruggeri (2005). p.4. ISBN1-84603-072-2
  24. ^Michael Clodfelter. Warfare and Armed Conflicts- A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures, 1500-2000. 2nd Ed. 2002 ISBN0-7864-1204-6.
  25. ^'Flags of Our Fathers'. May 22, 2007 – via Amazon.
  26. ^'Flags of Our Fathers'. June 3, 2008 – via Amazon.
  27. ^'Letters from Iwo Jima / Flags of Our Fathers'. May 22, 2007 – via Amazon.


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Letters from Iwo Jima reveals the true story of the battle of Iwo Jima. At the heart of this story is the maverick general Tadamichi Kuriyabashi, devoted family man, brilliant leader and the first man on the island to know they were all going to die.
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Books like these are always hard to comment on. This is a true story based on their very real letters. As I said before, I have a respect for the Japanese. Especially for the Japanese soldiers in WWII. Even though both of my grandfathers fought in WWII, I still can't help but respect and honor these men. I especially have a high respect for every man who fought in the Battle for Iwo Jima. It was one of the bloodiest battles out of the whole war.
The book only made me tear up a couple of times, mo
Mar 11, 2010La pointe de la sauce rated it it was ok
No matter how many times the writter tried to make Kuribayashi a maverick, genius general, I just found myself disagreeing even more. He divides his time in Iwo Jima between constructing a vast cemetary of tunnels to fight a guerilla war -which he was bound to lose- and writting numerous letters instructing his family in minutae on how to proceed with their lives. The number of letters he writes is really what's astonishing; and on totally irrelevant subjects. He writes a number of letters from..more
Nov 18, 2015Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it
How must you live your life?
You can live normally for a while then lose it horrifically for a cause, like your country’s war, then after many years be remembered and turned into a film by Clint Eastwood or some such Hollywood guy looking for some nice stories they can recreate on screen and win Academy awards for.
Before the war, Lt. General Kuribayashi Tadamichi stayed in the US for about two years and had seen with his own eyes how nice, normal and likeable the average Americans are and how far
Oct 27, 2011Aly (Fantasy4eva) rated it really liked it
Shelves: boys-that-make-me-swoon, dark-and-gritty, i-ache-for-you, hilarious, movies
All I have to keep me company is my packet of Doritos *Tangy cheese flavour, hehehe*, and Strawberry flavoured water *which I must admit is pretty good*. Hey, what can I say. I'm experimenting :P
I just finished watching FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS *which is told from the Americans perspective*. I thought it was an ok movie. But I'm half an hour into this movie and I'm already loving it more! Sure, Ken Watanabe *gorgeous man* softened me up to the idea of giving it a go, but I was also very curious to s
203 pages which could have been whittled down to about a third of the amount. It's an interesting read but very repetitive. The author would have benefited from a good editor pointing out some of the clunky repeats of information. At the end of it I acknowledge the author's adoration of the subject, a Japanese colonel who fought the Americans at Iwo Jima, but I don't feel I really understand the colonel or his motivation. The fact that he knew they were beaten but still moved his men towards a g..more
Oct 02, 2017Chik67 rated it really liked it · review of another edition
La battaglia di Iwo Jima vista nel racconto degli ultimi mesi di vita del generale giapponese che comandava la guarnigione della terrificante isola del Pacifico. Senso del dovere senza fanatismo, serenità davanti alla morte, la tristezza là dove un'occidentale avrebbe messo la rabbia. Commovente e a tratti terribile.
Dec 04, 2017Tom rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Very interesting to learn of the Japanese side of the battle for Iwo Jima. This book should be read along with 'Flags of Our Fathers'.
Feb 26, 2018Alexander Curran rated it really liked it
'For our homeland. Until the very last man. Our duty is to stop the enemy right here. Do not expect to return home alive.'

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Ken Watanabe: General Kuribayashi
(Review of film, which was similar to the book, although obviously more detail provided..)
A film with powerful, historical significance. Told from the side of the Japanese as they pr
..but it isn't the letters. It is Kakehashi's analysis of the battle, with extracts of some letters. With her analysis, the language is rather colloquial. There's tautology and lots of 'When you read this letter, you can really feel etc ..'. Can I? It's probably the translation. I also felt that it requires more than translation for non-Japanese readers. All the stuff about digging up the bones needs some context. Otherwise it just seems unnecessarily morbid.
I think I'd rather have just read t
Feb 10, 2019OK Dad rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Received this book in a box sent to me by my Stepmother. She had been collecting some of my Dad's belongings in boxes to send me since his death in August 2015. When she fills a box, she sends it on.
This time it was filled with books, including this one. My father wasn't an avid book reader, so for him to have bought this book (inside the cover he wrote where he bought it and when) and read it cover to cover, is an important clue to how much he enjoyed the subject matter.
I have recollections of
Dec 11, 2018Kay rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
In our modern era, it's good to read a book about a true hero, even if he fought for the enemy, the Japanese, in World War II. The word 'hero' in our modern culture has been so loosely applied that it's about equivalent to 'friend' on Facebook. This is a breath of fresh air about a real hero, who did the hard things he had to do but was also a considerable person when not fulfilling his military duty.
This book is written by a Japanese journalist, yet is elegant in expression while being well re
Feb 04, 2018Peter rated it liked it
'The are two sides to every story' goes the old adage.
Books like this are there to remind us that there are actually several.
The letters of Lt. General Kuribayashi are not included in there entirety but rather quoted as inserts into the main text as it tells it's story. Alongside interviews with survivors and family members, these add to a well researched book about a very singular, a-typical Japanese officer and a 'quality human being' to boot, and therein lies the authors' aim.
Obviously writte
Nov 22, 2017Mary Johnson rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I loved this book. It gave me a new perspective on WWII and it was about a wonderful man of great character.
Jan 09, 2018Lindsey Stout rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I loved this book. During WW2, Americans hated the Germans, but they dehumanized the Japanese. The racism with which the Japanese people were regarded often blinds us to the actual actions of Japanese generals and the like. This book takes a very personal look at General Kuribayashi's life and legacy, one that is often overlooked. His love for his family was heartbreakingly tangible, and his desire to stay by his soldiers side often resulted in rebelliousness. He was quite a guy. This is a fast..more

Those who have heard of the small island off the coast of Japan known as Iwo Jima have more than likely seen the famous Clint Eastwood film 'Letters from Iwo Jima' that depicts the epic thirty-six day confrontation between Japanese and American forces in 1945. While the film version itself is a masterpiece in it's own rights, I was most inclined to read the actual memoirs of the Japanese defenders who courageously fought and endured untold hardships thousands of miles from home. From her first b
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Oct 14, 2016Carl rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This was probably the saddest thing I've ever read. Worth every tear.
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General Tadamichi was given the responsibility for organizing the defense of Iwo Jima in WWII. It was, for a time, considered to be of strategic importance, as enemy troops could use it as an airfield/refuel/launch point for attacks on Japan. Others higher up in the military chain of command later decided it was not worth protecting, but by then they had already committed over 20,000 troops to the cause – almost all of which lost their lives keeping the American invaders at bay for as long as th..more
Feb 14, 2016Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This is the book based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's letters from Iwo Jima. It's an excellent book to read. It is not a dry history of the terrible battle; instead, it shows the soldiers as realistic, writing home to loved ones. It shows how advanced Kuribayashi's thinking was, also.
Instead of doing a defense of Iwo Jima in the traditional way, he did it his way, literally, and his way produced far more American casualties than if he had followed tradition. The book reveals a lot about the
Jun 22, 2009Tintin rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Saya membaca cerita pertempuran Iwo Jima sewaktu masih kelas 1 SMP, dari edisi khusus majalah Hai yang judulnya Iwo Jima. Sampul depannya bergambar seorang Jepang (mungkin itu jenderalnya?) dan beberapa kapal serta B-29 Amerika. Isinya tentang pertempuran di pulau belerang milik Jepang itu. Sama seperti membaca Citizen Soldier edisi Bahasa, terjemahan dalam edisi khusus itu juga 'belepotan' sehingga cukup menyesatkan. Misalnya, dalam edisi khusus disebutkan Batalyon Marinir 21. Ternyata setelah..more
Mar 17, 2010Rowan rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It recalls and retells in a biographical format the letters and life of General Kuribayashi Tadamichi during his time in command on the island of Iwo Jima which was the scene of some of the fierest fighting in WW2 in pacific.
The real of strength of this book is the personal and direct insight it gives of the mentality of the Japanese Imperial Forces at the time. It certainly fills in alot of gaps in my own understanding as to why they were so brutal at tim
Oct 06, 2014Doug rated it really liked it · review of another edition
It was an interesting experience to read about a WWII battle in the Pacific from the point of view of the Japanese. So Sad to Fall in Battle is an account of the battle of Iwo Jima based largely on the letters of the Japanese commander, LTG Tadamichi Kuribayashi and written by a Japanese author. The Japanese were 'demonized' to my generation (born 1941) and few books published in the west deal with them as people. This account points out that on a certain level, the Japanese soldier thought and..more
Mar 12, 2008J.C. rated it liked it · review of another edition
A good account of war. the writing is not the best and there is a lot of repetition for such a short book. But overall I really enjoyed it. It is a short history of General Kuribayashi, who is the equivalent of General Patton or Douglas MacArthur in his popularity and contribution to history.
Written by a Japanese historian, there are a few small areas where the American military is lambasted, especially in regards to the fire bombing of Tokyo, and this writer did fail to mention some of the muti
Jun 16, 2009Karen rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
As the title suggests this is a collection of stories about the individual stories that are written by the Japanese soldiers to their loved ones back home. I have not read this book yet though the movie is very moving. Again I chose this book as a Japanese pick because I thought it would be a great pick for the Asian arts. ANd I would use it in the classroom to depict the fact that even on the Axis powers(Germany, Russia (for a while), Italy, and Japan) even their soldiers had the same hopes, fe..more
Perhaps I approached this book with the wrong mindset. Going in thinking of it as a secondary source of history, I was quite disappointed to find that there was no clear argument or narrative running through it. Kakehashi clearly adores her subject matter and his life, but I found it quite repetitive when she constantly goes back to how much of a family man he was or how much he cared for his soldiers, compared to the other officers of that time. Obviously, he was not like 'other people' who mig..more
Dec 07, 2011Cameron Faison rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a wonderful story about the Japanese side during the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. I thought it was also a very dramatic story because it was mostly centered on a young Japanese soldier who is sending letters to his wife in Japan who is pregnant with his child. It is sad how everyday is a constant battle for survival for him in one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater of War during 1945. This story is also one of my favorite books because I love WWII stories..more
May 26, 2012Lana rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Before beginning to write this review, I read many of the reviews that others posted. Some were positive, others not so. Some were middle of the road. I speak English, Japanese, enough Spanish to live in Spanish-speaking countries and enough Hebrew to get from here to Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. I do not dislike anyone except those who preach violence, hatred and spread lies. I try not to judge others except that I always speak out against hatred and discrimination of ANY kind. I wonder, given the..more
Oct 14, 2013Sophie rated it liked it
I very much appreciated the subject, especially the author showing what an unusual Japanese the general was (he spent some time in America before the war) and a few things about the chain of command in Japan at the time.
What I liked most were the examples of 'last letters', which had to be patriotic and stoic else they were censored, and the demonstration of the general's manipulative 'kindness' - only the soldiers' loyalty to him, and not only the emperor, would have kept them from suicide. He
Letters From Iwo Jima is a tremendous book that opens your eyes to seeing the Japanese's point of view during war. We are usually exposed to stories about how the Japanese and Germans behave brutally but this book has brought new perspectives, especially to me, to see that not every Japanese were inhumane. There were some that did not want the war, but for the love of their country, and their loyalty to the emperor, they went ahead doing so. Such fierce discipline and culture the Japanese people..more
Jul 23, 2016Natalie Rooney rated it really liked it · review of another edition

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Growing up, I had never been interested in learning about war. I didn't like the idea of war, fighting or violence, so I never really took an interest in reading about the wars that happened throughout the world. However, I really enjoyed reading these letters from a Japanese general in Iwo Jima. From the limited information I learned about Iwo Jima in school, this book expanded on that and really illuminated the atrocities that occurred during World War II at Iwo Jima. Thanks to this book, I've..more
Very gripping story of the Japanese defenders of Iwo Jima, pieced together primarily from letters and despatches sent back by the general who was in command there. It is sad that many details of the actual war there, particularly of the last days, are lost forever as the Japanese army was wiped out almost to the last man. The spirit and resolve of General Kuriyabashi, and the soldiers there is admirable all the more as they planned and fought even knowing it was a lost cause. This is one of very..more
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