From: Near Allentown, PA
It has been years since I saw it. The please please surrender scene is the only one I remember that strongly featured Japanese that weren't being brutally slaughtered and flame throwered by laughing, leering US marines.
Well, considering how you view and feel about ww2 japanese soldiers, would you have treated them kindly, and with compassion, taken their offers of surrender and so on, when you knew that there was noone really watching, and even if there was someone, they wouldn't really mind...
I don't know what kind of marine I'd have made if I'd been of age to be one in WW2. As I said, I'm sure that plenty were jerks. My overwhelming impression after seeing the movie was of a grossly imbalanced depiction of both sides morality.
And TBH, i don't really recall any such scenes from the movie anyway, yes, soldiers were being killed here and there in battlescenes, but one would expect that. You could say at some points the japanese were being slaughtered, but they were so because of a rather successful american attack. Close quarters fighting ain't pretty.
PS: It wasn't "please please surrender". It was more like "I, and 12 of my squadmates, have guns pointed at you, now drop your weapon". Language barrier intervenes, one side doesn't understand the other, american gets shot.
My impression was of pleading to the point of an agonizing unwillingness to shoot the rifle holding American. Saints indeed.
PS2: Americans always the bad guys? Saving Private Ryan? Band of Brothers? The new and upcoming The Pacific? most of the war movies made in america.. since.. well, from the beginning?
In no way shape or form did I imply that all American made WW2 movies depict us as the bad guys. Mallick made TRL and it was his agenda that colored his work.
"I’m not convinced that faith can move mountains, but I’ve seen what it can do to skyscrapers." -William H. Gascoyne