Just wondering if there's any good movies doesn't have to be anime about the bombs dropping in hiroshima.
Anything that can move you as much as this film, which would be hard to find?


The Docudrama Hiroshima is really good, it's a bit long but I think it does an excellent job of showing both sides.


There's Black Rain/Kuroi Ame (Japanese film, directed by Shohei Imamura, based on a book of the same title by Masuji Ibuse). Actually, the film is mostly about the epxerience of survivors, slowly dying of radiation disease. The book is both about the bombing and the aftermath. For me, the book was more powerful - it's basically a bunch of (somewhat modified, I'd presume) personal diaries of people in different walks of life who were in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a few days after that. The film concentrates far more on the history of one family, while the book provides a broader spectrum of experiences. Both are very moving.


'For me, the book was more powerful'

Agreed. The movie is good, but the book is a masterpiece.
BTW the director Shohei Imamura is a guy who gave a profound influence on
Martin Scorsese.


What I recommend to anyone wanting to know more or get a better sense of what really happened on August 6th, go to Hiroshima.

The emotion I felt from seeing with my own eyes and hearing for myself images and stories of what really happened, not just numbers in a textbook or photos on the internet, was really indescribable.

It definately changed my life. I don't believe anyone is able to understand or comment on the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima without having had the experience of standing at the site.

It's life changing, it really is.


Here's a recomendation for you;

I went to the Trauma screening of 'Children of Hiroshima' last night, it's part of a season of films concerned with Japanese filmmaker's reaction to the A-Bomb.

From 1945 to 1951(I think), the American occupation of Japan did not allow any filmmakers to refer to the Bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. When the occupation was over (and the censor was lifted), in 1952, this was one of the first films to be made specifically about the Atom bomb.

The plot follows a kindergarten teacher from Hiroshima, who lost her parents in the bombing, returning to the City after spending 6 years(the 6 years directly following the bomb) away teaching on an island. She tries to find children she used to teach (and finds that there are only 3 survivors from her class) and friends she used to know. Hearing people's stories of how the bomb affected them, people are still dying from radiation sickness, are sterile because of the radiation, blinded or crippled from the blast.

Apart from it being one of the most well put together films I've seen in years, the most striking thing about it is the lack of bitterness or hatred toward the Americans. Everyone is very dignified and philosophical about the horrific ways it has affected them and their families. One orphaned girl, as she dies from radiation poisoning says, calmly, "war is the greatest evil", and a blinded man who has just had his grandson, and only family member taken away to be better looked after says something about the senslessness of war.

The acting, even by the very little children, is amazing and never goes to far or milks the emotional scenes.

I just thought I'd say that you should probably try to watch it if you can find a copy, as an example of one of the best anti-war movies.

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absolutely! it had the same effect on me. Standing in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome is an extremely powerful and moving experience.

I also visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and was struck at the many contrasts and similarities of the two (Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor). Both are sad and solemn and respectful of those who died. However, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial has a central theme much different from Pearl Harbor's. Hiroshima's isn't vindictive, accusatory or inflammatory. it's message is war is never justified, after all, its victims were civilian and had no means of fighting back. One marks the beginning of a war and the other the end. (Curious that in 'Barefoot Gen' there are comments that the Japanese government and military could not recognize they had lost the war well before August, 1945 and could have avoided the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Sakhalin Island for that matter. This message perpetuates at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial). The are many more contrasts but after visiting both you get an overwhelming direct, emotional and visceral realization of the tragedy of war you don't get from books and movies. I can't imagine how people live through these horrors.


a poignant contrast to visiting Hiroshima is Kyoto. Kyoto was on the short list of A-bomb target cities so was left virtually untouched from bombing raids, as was Hiroshima. When you visit Kyoto you are visiting a city that still reflects the architecture and structure of a pre-WWII Japanese city. When you visit Hiroshima (and Tokyo for that matter) you see a city that's obviously rebuilt into a modern city (much as Chicago and San Francisco after their massive fires). The point is when you see Kyoto you realize how densely everything was built AND that everything was made of wood and paper - very little was made of concrete or steel. It's easy to see how even a small fire could quickly engulf a tremendous area.


Kyoto was on the short list of A-bomb target cities so was left virtually untouched from bombing raids...

I'm not 100% sure of this, but about 95% or so sure: Kyoto was never on any bombing target list, including the A-bomb. It was specifically left off because of its historical and cultural significance, and because it was not in any way a military target. It would have been approximately equivalent to bombing the Vatican.

"I don't deduce, I observe."


I trust you have seen Grave Of The Fireflies. I think it was better than this film.