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Barefoot Gen (1983)
"Hadashi no Gen" (original title)

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A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Issei Miyazaki ...
Gen (voice)
Catherine Battistone ...
Gen (1995) (voice)
Yoshie Shimamura ...
Kimie (voice)
Iona Morris ...
Kimie (1995) (voice)
Masaki Kôda ...
Shinji / Ryuta (voice)
Brianne Siddall ...
Shinji (1995) (voice) (as Brianne Siddal)
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Ryuta (1995) (voice)
Takao Inoue ...
Daikichi (voice)
Kirk Thornton ...
Daikichi (1995) (voice) (as Kurk Thornton)
Seiko Nakano ...
Eiko (voice)
Wendee Lee ...
Eiko (1995) (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Eizo (voice)
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Eizo / Bully / Doctor / Easerly / Milk / Soup / Yama (1995) (voice) (as Amike McConnohie)
Katsuji Mori ...
Seiji (voice)
Dan Woren ...
Seijo / Banzai / Bullied / Enola (1995) (voice)
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Gen and his family are living in Hiroshima as Japan nears the end of World War II. Gen's father has come to believe that the war is unwinnable, thus earning the wrath of the town officials and, in turn, discrimination from the rest of their neighbors. Shunned by the local merchants and tradesmen, food becomes scarce for Gen and his family. All these concerns soon pale, however, as the American military begins its final assault on Japan with the unleashing of its terrible new weapon. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Bombing Of Hiroshima As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Boy.


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The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about atomic bombs and nuclear warfare which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome (1979). The films included Silkwood (1983), Testament (1983), Threads (1984), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Special Bulletin (1983), Ground Zero (1987), Barefoot Gen (Barefoot Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »

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When Gen and Shinji take a big bite from a sweet potato from each end, they are then told by Eiko to give the sweet potato to their mother. Once the sweet potato is given to her, it is whole again. See more »

Quotes

Eiko: You know this is supposed to be for mother.
Gen Nakaoka: What do you mean for her?
Shinji Nakaoka: Why'd she give it to us then?
Eiko: Oh she was just being nice. You know Mother needs to be strong for the baby that's coming. So if you eat this potato, the baby will die. Now, do you both still say you want it?
Kimie Nakaoka: Eiko, go on, it's alright dear, let your brothers have it.
Eiko: But Mother, it's not fair, the baby needs more than they do. Here you take it, please, eat it for the baby.
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What really went down in Hiroshima
10 September 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Barefoot Gen is the autobiographical story of manga artist, Keiji Nakazawa and his experience during the times of the Hiroshima bombings in 1942. What ensues is something so unbelievable, so gritty, so real, it will change your life forever.

The film is adapted as an anime from Keiji's short manga series depicting all that he experienced just at the age of six when the bombings hit. His story truly is one of the most amazing things you will ever hear. Nothing else in film has ever captured the effects of the bombings in such a real and emotional way. It shows the viewers what really did happen and what we were never told. It shows us how real the bombings really were as we follow Gen through his struggle for survival during Japan's darkest hours.

If you haven't seen this film, you are missing out. While the film does not hold back on the gritty details, and what happens to the people of Japan throughout the whole of the film is very horrifying, you cannot miss this film due to these aspects. It's these things that make it so real and it would be a tragedy to ignore this film. It opened my eyes to what really went down in Hiroshima and I almost felt personally affected. During my whole time watching this film, I kept finding myself in disbelief that something like this actually occurred in our history, and recently at that. I mean, a whole society was rebuilt on the effects of the bombings and once again shows us how very, very wrong war is. One of the best films I have ever seen.

9.5/10 Hamish Kearvell A.K.A Screaming Japan Productions - www.myspace.com/screamingjapanproductions


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