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)
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)


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 <>

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


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13 June 1992 (USA)  »

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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 (Dead Man's Letters (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »


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 »


Kimie Nakaoka: [desperately looking for someone to feed her baby] Please, isn't there anybody who can help me with just a little milk? My baby's starving.
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Remake of Hadashi no Gen (1976) See more »

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Made me homesick
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film for the first time yesterday. I signed up for a free 1 month trial DVD delivery, and filled my queue with Anime. There is so much more than Robots and Vampires. Robots and Vampires have their place and in Anime they can often have deep meaningful stories.

This film is definitely one I will add to my collection. The subject is very important. We usually Hiroshima from an American point of view. It is important to see it from a Japanese view. the movie actually doesn't seem to make a point to say that the US was bad. I don't think an American film would be so non-judgemental.

Watch this film for it's real (and sometimes over the top) emotions.

The home life of the family and the interactions between the parents and children reminded me so much of parts of my life in South Korea for the past 12 years. though differences exist between Japan and Korea, some basics are similar. Nowadays the common life shown in the film is fading. I think it will be a good reminder of how things were.

Watch this and 'Barefoot Gen 2'.

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