gerowaaron at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 15 10:29:50 EST 2006
> Can you point us to other reviews of "Letters from Iwo Jima" that may
> appeared -- in Japanese and in English -- in the last few weeks?
I get the Asahi and a number of pieces have appeared in the last week.
On the morning of the 13th, there was a series of three pieces by
different individuals reviewing the film, including Nogami Teruo and
Ikui Eiko. Ikui wrote is the most critical thing I've read so far,
arguing that the film reflects the fact that Japan is now probably the
USA's sole friend in the world and and thus has become an object both
to be desired and to be safely ignored (I find his piece to be
reductionist and offering little to say about the individual film, but
Ikui-san is a smart man, so I hope he writes something extended that
actually analyzes the text). Nogami complained about some inaccuracies,
but she and the other writer praised it as a superior anti-war film.
Yamane Sadao penned a review in yesterday's yukan which was very
positive, stressing in particular the dry, unsentimental stance. Yamane
also wrote about it in KineJun. Other newspaper reviews can be seen
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