Children of Hiroshima (1952)
"Genbaku no ko" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  6 August 1952 (Japan)
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Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Otowa ...
Osamu Takizawa ...
Masao Shimizu ...
Toshiaki, Takako's father
Jûkichi Uno ...
Kôji (scenes deleted)
Akira Yamauchi
Takashi Itô
Jun Tatara
Tsutomu Shimomoto ...
Natsue's husband
Hideji Ôtaki
Eiken Shôji
Shinsuke Ashida
Shin Date
Chikako Hosokawa ...
Setsu, Takako's mother
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Yoshiko Sakurai


Six years after the atomic bombing of 06 August 1945, the school teacher Takako Ishikawa returns to Hiroshima on her vacation to visit friends and to honor her parents that died in the bombing. Takako was raised by her uncle and aunt. While in her hometown she stays with her friend, Natsue Morikawa, who has become infertile due to the side effect of the A-bomb. While walking along the destroyed city, she sees a former family friend, Iwakichi, who worked with her father, and is almost blind and has become a beggar. She pays a visit to his shanty in the slums and discovers that his grandson, Taro, is living in an orphanage since Iwakichi's shanty is no place to raise the child. When Morikawa tells her that three former pupils from the kindergarten have survived to the bombing, Takako pays a visit to each one of them and finds how the A-bomb and the radiation have affected their lives. Before returning home, Takako asks Iwakachi to let her bring Taro with her; but their bond is very ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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30 April 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Kaneto Shindo's movie is without any doubt one of the best ever made. It deals head-on with one of the greatest catastrophes in the history of mankind: the dropping for pure geopolitical reasons of a nuclear bomb on a city thereby killing thousands of innocents citizens in the twinkling of an eye and wreaking havoc for centuries to come on a country (and also very slightly on the whole living world) because the human genetic basic material has been damaged.

Kaneto Shindo's movie shows preeminently that the fate of the world and the human species depends solely on the responsible or irresponsible behavior of every single person on earth. In this movie, a teacher is looking for survivors among the children of her kindergarten class. There are only three. On her own initiative, she tries to secure a more hopeful future for one of those.

This impeccably played movie (also by the children) is simply unforgettable. A must see. For a geopolitical interpretation of the dropping of the atomic bomb I highly recommend the book 'The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb' by Gar Alperovitz.

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