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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Bombing Of Hiroshima As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Boy.
Did You Know?
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), 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
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
You know this is supposed to be for mother.
What do you mean for her?
Why'd she give it to us then?
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?
Eiko, go on, it's alright dear, let your brothers have it.
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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