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Message in a bunker

  • Nov 17, 2008
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First of all, you don't need to be a fan of war movies to enjoy "Letters from Iwo Jima". This movie shows the Japanese side of the battle for control of the barren little island, from the points of view of two main characters.

The first is Private Saigo, a baker snatched away from his wife and unborn child and sent to Iwo Jima. Saigo is not a very good soldier, and usually gets assigned all the dirty jobs by the cruel Captain Tanida.

The other is Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the new commander of the island, who does not subscribe to traditional Japanese war strategies and gets a lot of flak for his Western way of thinking. His one main supporter among the officers is his friend Lieutenant Colonel Baron Takeichi Nishi, a former Olympic equestrian.

The forces on Iwo Jima are already depleted and weakened by the harsh conditions, bad food and dysentery from the water, and are asked to fight against insurmountable odds without support from the mainland. When the huge onslaught begins, the Japanese soldiers take refuge in the caves and tunnels, and must choose to die fighting for their country, or by taking their own lives. Just before the final charge, General Kuribayashi entrusts Saigo with one last task, which he performs admirably.

The actual fighting takes second place to the human tragedies and heroics, making for a moving and educational viewing experience.


Here's a brief summary to the tune of "Message in a Bottle" by The Police

Japan's army base, an island in the sea, oh
Another brutal day, where no one cares for me, oh
More hard labor than any man should bear
Relieve me because I've fallen to despair, oh

I've sent a farewell note to my girl
I've sent a farewell note to my girl
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bunker, yeah
Message in a bunker, yeah

Ages have passed since I wrote my note
But I would have known this right from the start
Only luck can keep us together
War may take my life but
Love lives in my heart

I've sent one last love note to my girl
I've sent one last love note to my girl
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bunker, yeah
Message in a bunker, yeah

Woke up this morning, don't believe what I saw
Hundred thousand soldiers making for the shore
Seems we're all alone and staying alone
We're just hungry soldier boys, wanting to go home

I've sent one last love note to my girl
I've sent one last love note to my girl
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bunker, yeah
Message in a bunker, yeah
Message in a bunker, yeah
Message in a bunker, yeah
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.


Rated: 4.5 stars


Amanda Richards

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