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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)
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Shinji (1995) (voice) (as Brianne Siddal)
...
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)
...
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

Doctor: Slow down boys, slow down, I'll die of a heart attack before we get there.
Gen Nakaoka: You should've thought of that before you got so fat.
Shinji Nakaoka: Our mother's sick, and if you don't make her better, you'll be sorry.
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Moving, disturbing, endearing.
27 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You'll be surprised, this is testimony to the power of 'old style' animation, you need more than Computer Generated images to make a great film. Even with it's basic arrangements barefoot gen managed to shock me by its ability to capture all the horror, confusion and devastation delivered by the atomic bomb.

I found this movie informative but disturbing. I have heard it being described as a tragicomedy. I think this is a fitting description but just be prepared because it really does make giant leaps from the genuinely tragic and sad to light heartedness. You won't know whether to laugh or cry. Actually, you will. A little cry would be totally justified so have a hanky at the ready and don't watch it with your mates from down the pub.


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