The story of the 35-day World War II battle for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, told from the perspective of its defenders, including unconventional Lt. General Kuribayashi (Watanabe), conscripted baker Saigo (Ninomiya) and ex-military policeman Shimizu (Kase).
A sharper account of the Iwo Jima conflict than Flags, this balances its unflinching handling of the horrors of war with its touching portrayal of those who face them.
Reviewed by Dan Jolin
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