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Old 03-06-2007, 01:21 PM
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On Eastwood the film maker and storyteller

I was reading a review of, "Letters from iwo Jima" and this paragraph caught my attention.

Yet overall, the film speaks to its intended audience - Japanese as much as American - with integrity. Eastwood has even referred to it as "a Japanese film", and dedicated it to the fallen soldiers on Iwo Jima. Many of the 6,500 Japanese who crowded into its two-day premiere no doubt were attracted because of the positive image of the Japanese portrayed in the film. The paradox was well expressed by Onda Taeko, writing on Yomiuri Online: "Today the person who had the power to tell us the Japanese experience during the war was Clint Eastwood, an American."

The rest of the review is here: http://www.opendemocracy.net/arts-Film/iwo_jima_4381.jsp

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Old 03-06-2007, 01:56 PM
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I was reading a review of, "Letters from iwo Jima" and this paragraph caught my attention.

Yet overall, the film speaks to its intended audience - Japanese as much as American - with integrity. Eastwood has even referred to it as "a Japanese film", and dedicated it to the fallen soldiers on Iwo Jima. Many of the 6,500 Japanese who crowded into its two-day premiere no doubt were attracted because of the positive image of the Japanese portrayed in the film. The paradox was well expressed by Onda Taeko, writing on Yomiuri Online: "Today the person who had the power to tell us the Japanese experience during the war was Clint Eastwood, an American."

The rest of the review is here: http://www.opendemocracy.net/arts-Film/iwo_jima_4381.jsp

Filmaking is a universal art form.

Honest filmaking crosses international borders.

The human experience is the same everywhere. It is governments and other similar institutions that drive a wedge among people everywhere.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:59 PM
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Yeah, soldiers often don't share the viewpoints of the politicians from their respective governments.
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Old 03-06-2007, 02:01 PM
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I heard Daro Inouye, a top ranking (and well loved in the local SF criminal law and legal community) San Francisco Public Defender, (who is related to Sen. Inouye of Hawaii)
give a speech with the following remark:

"Well, first, I'd like to apologize for Pearl Harbor"

We howled with laughter....
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Old 03-06-2007, 02:08 PM
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That's great. There's nothing like a good, self-deprecating remark to loosen up a crowd at the beginning of a speech.
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My wife and I saw the film, and we agree. It was an enormously powerful movie. Very moving, and very fair.

We were hoping the movie would win Best Picture, but it appears to have been Scorcese's year to win a few.

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