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Hadashi no Gen
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Keiji Nakazawa (manga) (screenplay)
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13 June 1992 (USA) See more »
The Bombing Of Hiroshima As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Boy.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Issei Miyazaki ... Gen (voice)
Catherine Battistone ... Gen (1995) (voice: English version)
Yoshie Shimamura ... Kimie (voice)
Iona Morris ... Kimie (1995) (voice: English version)
Masaki Kôda ... Shinji / Ryuta (voice)

Brianne Brozey ... Shinji (1995) (voice: English version) (as Brianne Siddal)

Barbara Goodson ... Ryuta (1995) (voice: English version)
Takao Inoue ... Daikichi (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Daikichi (1995) (voice: English version) (as Kurk Thornton)
Seiko Nakano ... Eiko (voice)
Wendee Lee ... Eiko (1995) (voice: English version)
Takeshi Aono ... Eizo (voice)

Michael McConnohie ... Eizo / Bully / Doctor / Easerly / Milk / Soup / Yama (1995) (voice: English version) (as Amike McConnohie)
Katsuji Mori ... Seiji (voice)
Dan Woren ... Seijo / Banzai / Bullied / Enola (1995) (voice: English version)
Taeko Nakanishi ... Hana (voice)
Junji Nishimura ... Pak (voice)
Ardwight Chamberlain ... Pak / Narrator (1995) (voice: English version)
Tatsuya Jô ... Narration (voice)
Joyce Kurtz ... Daughter / Friend / Wife (1995) (voice: English version)
Mike Reynolds ... Warden / Elder / Enola (1995) (voice: English version)
Kôichi Kitamura ... Walla (voice)
Kôji Yada ... Walla (voice)
Yasurô Tanaka ... Walla (voice)
Ryôichi Tanaka ... Walla (voice)
Masaharu Satô ... Walla (voice)
Kyôko Tongû ... Walla (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ... Walla (voice)
Ai Sakuma ... Walla (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Walla (voice)
Akie Yasuda ... Walla (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ... Walla (voice)
Kenichi Yoshikawa ... Walla (voice)
Hiroshi Waseda ... Walla (voice)
Kazumi Shinohara ... Walla (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Apostolina ... Maggots (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steve Bulen ... Doctor / Maggots (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carl Macek ... Drown / Enola / Server (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edie Mirman ... Mother (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Michael Sorich ... Tears (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Barry Stigler ... Cleaner / Soldier (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mori Masaki  (as Mamoru Shinzaki)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Keiji Nakazawa  manga (screenplay)

Produced by
Yasuteru Iwase .... producer
Keiji Nakazawa .... executive producer
Takanori Yoshimoto .... producer
Original Music by
Kentaro Haneda 
Cinematography by
Kinichi Ishikawa 
Film Editing by
Harutoshi Ogata 
Art Direction by
Kazuo Oga 
Production Management
Yoshimi Asari .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toshio Hirata .... unit director
Kazuyuki Hirokawa .... unit director
Yukio Suzuki .... assistant director
Sound Department
Susumu Aketagawa .... sound director
Shizuo Kurahashi .... sound effects
Teruhiko Ohno .... sound recordist
Ichiro Tsujii .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Tomoji Hashizume .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Hitoshi Yamaguchi .... photography assistant
Animation Department
Hiromi Andô .... background artist
Kiyotoshi Aoi .... key animator
Katsushi Aoki .... background artist
Junko Aoyama .... inbetween animator
Nobumasa Arakawa .... key animator
Nobuko Burnfield .... assistant animation director (as Nobuko Yuasa)
Chiaki Fujimoto .... inbetween animator
Miwako Hattori .... inbetween animator
Yuki Hisada .... cel checker
Yuji Ikehata .... background artist
Kengo Inagaki .... inbetween animator
Michiyo Iriomote .... color designer
Yoshihiro Kadowaki .... inbetween animator
Chikako Kamata .... cel painter
Osamu Kamijô .... key animator
Mayumi Kanai .... cel painter
Yoshiaki Kawajiri .... key animator
Nobuyasu Kaya .... inbetween animator
Masato Kimura .... key animator
Kuniko Kishi .... cel painter
Shigetaka Kiyoyama .... key animator
Miyuki Kudo .... background artist
Hideko Kudô .... cel painter
Reiko Kurihara .... key animator
Fumio Kôda .... inbetween animator
Kyoko Matsubara .... key animator
Emiko Matsumoto .... cel checker
Akiko Matsushima .... inbetween animator
Rikako Mizuno .... inbetween animator
Hideyuki Motohashi .... key animator
Kimiko Murakami .... inbetween animator
Atsuko Narumi .... inbetween animator
Makoto Nishiyama .... cel painter
Takuo Noda .... key animator
Tomoko Ogawa .... inbetween animator
Shirô Okumura .... inbetween animator
Toshio Saga .... inbetween animator
Itaru Saitô .... key animator
Kumiko Saitô .... inbetween animator
Masako Sakano .... inbetween animator (as Masako Itano)
Kunihiko Sakurai .... inbetween animator
Kôji Satô .... cel painter
Hiroko Suzuki .... cel painter
Masahiko Tamaru .... cel painter
Tsukasa Tannai .... key animator
Kazuo Tomisawa .... animation director
Kazuo Tomisawa .... character designer
Kôichi Tsuchida .... key animator
Osamu Tsuruyama .... key animator
Wakako Ueda .... inbetween animator
Yumiko Uematsu .... inbetween animator
Miyuki Umetsu .... animation checker
Yasuomi Umetsu .... key animator
Akemi Watanabe .... inbetween animator
Akira Yamagawa .... background artist (as Akira Yamakawa)
Jôji Yanase .... key animator
Madoka Yasue .... inbetween animator
Hiroko Yokoyama .... cel painter
Sachiko Yoneyama .... inbetween animator
Yôko Yoshida .... background artist
Hisae Yoshino .... inbetween animator
Yaeko Yoshizawa .... inbetween animator
Naoko Ôba .... cel painter
Manabu Ôhashi .... key animator
Editorial Department
Yukiko Ito .... assistant editor
Other crew
Toshio Hirata .... cooperative director
Kazuyuki Hirokawa .... cooperative director
Masao Maruyama .... scene planner
Taeko Nakanishi .... dialect coach
Junji Nishimura .... dialect coach
Masahiro Otake .... production coordinator
Kazunobu Shimizu .... production coordinator
Hitoshi Yamaguchi .... photographic assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hadashi no Gen" - Japan (original title)
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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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) (TV), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983) (TV), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), "Whoops Apocalypse" (1982), Special Bulletin (1983) (TV), 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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Gen Nakaoka:I'd like to know if we'll ever have enough food. Will we?
Daikichi Nakaoka:Yes, son, when the war is over.
Gen Nakaoka:When will it be over?
Daikichi Nakaoka:It won't be long. Japan has all but lost the war.
Gen Nakaoka:Why do we keep on fighting if we've lost the war?
Daikichi Nakaoka:Why? Because our government is run by madmen. They're just crazy, stupid... all of them.
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Movie Connections:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Autobiographical work of tremendous power, 5 April 2008
Author: tcsshelton from United Kingdom

I've basically pasted this from wikipedia, but since the autobiographical element to this story wasn't mentioned I thought I should post it. There is an interesting article with the artist here (中沢 啓治, Keiji Nakazawa, born 1939) is a Japanese manga artist and writer.

He was born in Hiroshima, and was in the city when it was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. All of his family members who had not been evacuated died in the bombing except for his mother, and an infant sister who died several weeks after the bombing.

In 1961, Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a full-time cartoonist, and produced short pieces for manga anthologies such as Shonen Gaho, Shonen King, and Bokura.

In 1966, following the death of his mother, Nakazawa returned to his memories of the destruction of Hiroshima and began to express them in his stories. Kuroi Ame ni Utarete (Struck by Black Rain), the first of a series of five books, was a fictional story of Hiroshima survivors involved in the postwar black market. In 1972, Nakazawa chose to portray his own experience directly in the story "Ore wa Mita" ("I Saw It"), published in Monthly Shonen Jump (In 1982, the story was translated into English and published as a one-shot comic book by Educomics as "I Saw It").

Immediately after finishing "I Saw It", Nakazawa began his major work, Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen). This series, which eventually filled ten volumes (six volumes in English translation), was based on the same events as "I Saw It" but fictionalized, with the young Gen as a stand-in for the author. Barefoot Gen depicted the bombing and its aftermath in graphic detail, but also turned a critical eye on the militarization of Japanese society in the World War II years, and on the sometimes abusive dynamics of the traditional family. Barefoot Gen was made into an animated film, released in 1983. It was followed three years later by a sequel.

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