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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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Nobuko Otowa ...
Osamu Takizawa ...
Iwakichi
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 ...
Otoyo
Yoshiko Sakurai
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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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Heartbreaking Anti-War Tribute to the Survivors of Hiroshima
12 February 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Six years after the atomic bombing of 06 August 1945, the school teacher Takako Ishikawa (Nobuko Otowa ) returns to Hiroshima in her vacation period to visit friends and to honor her parents that died in the bombing. Takako was raised by her uncle and aunt and while in her hometown; she stays with her friend Natsue Morikawa (Niwa Saito) that has become infertile as the side effect of the A-bomb. While walking along the destroyed city, she sees the former family friend Iwakichi (Osamu Takizawa) that 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 has no conditions 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 strong.

"Gembaku no ko" a.k.a. "Children of Hiroshima" is a heartbreaking anti- war tribute to the survivors of Hiroshima, with a powerful fictional story that follows the characteristics of Italian Neo-Realism. The director Kaneto Shindô was born in Hiroshima and used real dramas to write this realistic and never corny film that shows how families have been destroyed with the bomb and its radiation. The conclusion, when the frightened Takako and Morikawa listen to an airplane on the sky defines another sort of trauma the population had to live with. It is amazing the number of movies about the Holocaust made by the cinema industry but there are very few about the coward, shameful and hideous massacres of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Lords of War. Actually I only recall "Kono ko wo nokoshite" about the bombing of Nagasaki. It is also impressive how the brave Japanese people rebuilt their country in a short time and how beautiful Hiroshima is on the present days. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Filhos de Hiroshima" ("Sons of Hiroshima")


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