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The Tragedies of War: “Letters From Iwo Jima”

The Tragedies of War: “Letters From Iwo Jima” (photo)

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The companion piece to the searing Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima offers a harsh, yet beautiful look at the realities of war. The film focuses on Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, played brilliantly by Ken Watanabe, who is given the luckless task of defending the strategically important barren island of Iwo Jima in the midst of World War II. The story is told via both the unfolding action as well as through the letters the soldiers write home, letters that may never reach their destination.

As you can see in the trailer, Letters from Iwo Jima was filmed in Japanese, with an entirely Japanese cast, and in near black and white to illustrate Japan’s version of the battle for Iwo Jima:

Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers told the story behind the famous photo of American soldiers planting a flag in the middle of battle for the island of Iwo Jima, which was deemed key to the Allies invasion of Japan:

The films were shot simultaneously and released within months of each other. Taken side by side, as complimentary parts of the same war epic, the films are a sobering marvel of war and honor. While Flags of Our Fathers focuses on the symbolism of heroism, Letters from Iwo Jimahones in on the symbols of duty and patriotism in times of war. The films are mesmerizing in their juxtaposition of beauty and graphic violence and clearly establish Clint Eastwood as a brilliant and mature director.

Letters from Iwo Jima airs on IFC at 11:45 p.m. ET.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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