Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: Six Must-Watch Movies Remembering the A-Bomb Terror

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #17: Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 13 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori

Starring: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima, Koji Takahashi, Toru Minegishi, Megumi Odaka, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Ryunosuke Kaneda

Plot: Godzilla cells left over from his previous attack are fused with plantlife in an attempt to creat a bacteria that will destroy Godzilla once and for all.

Godzilla had officially returned to the cinematic universe in 1984, but it took 5 years for a sequel to reach Japan (7 after the Us release). Not only that, but Toho producer Tomoyuki Tanaka had also called upon the creative input of fans, asking them to invent a new story and monster for Godzilla to face off against. This was quite a brave step, with the last attempt resulting in the arrival
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Messing with Nature in Kazuki Ohmori's Godzilla vs Biollante: A Blu-Ray Review

*full disclosure: a Blu-Ray copy of this film was provided by Echo Bridge Entertainment for review. Director: Kazuki Ohmori. Writers: Shinichirô Kobayashi (story), Kazuki Ohmori. Cast: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka and Masanobu Takashima. Not many North American video releases of the Godzilla films are as thoughtful as Criterion's release of the original film, Media Blaster's Destroy All Monsters or Echo Bridge Entertainment's release Godzilla vs. Biollante. The single featurette is what sells this product. It reveals some secrets in how this film marked the Heisei period of this nuclear monster's reign and it shows that not all effects have to be CGI driven. In the late '80's, the method to create special effects involved matte paintings, models and simple tricks of the camera to create the illusion. These heydays are long gone by today's standards. But can anyone imagine what the imagineers of "Walking with Dinosaurs," the arena spectacular could have done if.
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Black Rain d: Shohei Imamura

Kuroi ame / Black Rain (1989) Direction: Shohei Imamura Screenplay: Shohei Imamura and Toshirô Ishidô; from Masuji Ibuse’s novel Cast: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa Animego’s DVD release of Shohei Imamura’s Black Rain includes as a bonus feature a selection of World War II-era anti-Japanese propaganda films. Sponsored by various U.S. government bureaucracies, most of these shorts traffic in the usual sort of wartime racism and paranoia which, depending on your sensibility, you will find either disturbing or amusing. The most egregious of these is something called My Japan, which features an actor in yellow-face hectoring the American audience into buying more war bonds by boasting that Japan won’t be defeated [...]
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Japan At War DVD Box Set Looks at World War 2 From a Different Angle

AnimEigo has released a massive DVD box set titled Japan at the War. The set compiles four previously released AnimEigo titles with the intent of providing a Japanese perspective on the Second World War. Kihachi Okamoto's Japan's Longest Day (1967) and Battle of Okinawa (1971) are featured as are Kosaku Yamashita's Father of the Kamikaze (1974) and Shohei Imamura's highly acclaimed Black Rain (1988). Detailed synopses (courtesy of AnimEigo) and full technical specs are featured below.

Japan's Longest Day

On August 15th, 1945, the Japanese people faced utter destruction.  Millions of soldiers and civilians were dead, the rest were starving, and their cities had been reduced to piles of rubble--two of them vaporized by atomic bombs. The government was deadlocked.  To break the impasse, the cabinet took the unprecedented step of asking the Emperor to decide the fate of the nation.  Toshiro Mifune leads an all-star cast in a powerful film about
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