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Hadashi no Gen
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Keiji Nakazawa (manga) (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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 
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
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 .... clean-up and inbetween artist (as Masako Itano by error)
Kunihiko Sakurai .... inbetween animator
Kôji Satô .... cel painter
Nobumasa Shinkawa .... key animator (as Nobumasa Arakawa)
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
Carl Macek .... adr director (english version)
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 (Dead Man's Letters (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 »
Daikichi Nakaoka:What is it, Eiko? What's the matter?
Eiko:It's just that the last of the rice is gone, Father, and we have no money to buy anymore.
Daikichi Nakaoka:Don't worry, something will come along, we'll find the money.
Eiko:We just have to keep at it and finish our work, maybe then we'll get paid what we're owed.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of Hadashi no Gen (1976)See more »


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57 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Here's a little shock and awe for you, 12 October 2005
Author: juubei-2 from Canada

If you haven't seen this film, make it a top priority to track it down.

Barefoot Gen, the animated version of the autobiographical manga by Keiji Nakazawa, is an unflinching first-hand look at the result of dropping an atomic bomb on a civilian target. Comparisons to Grave of the Fireflies will abound, but for me personally Barefoot Gen was the more moving of the two. Though it centers on the effects of the atom bomb, the fact is this could be about any war, and any people. It is a story for all of humanity.

Barefoot Gen is filled with its fair share of caricatured mannerisms, but calling it a dramedy is pushing it. There isn't much to laugh at and even when the characters act a little over-the-top, the overall effect hits its mark (strongly). What makes the story even more powerful is knowing it comes from a survivor of the attack, and the honesty with which the film doles out darker and darker shades of life in the aftermath of the bombing (including subtle things one might not think about).

I think this along with Grave of the Fireflies belongs in every collection, even if you will only watch it once or twice, if only to show it to future generations. Its one thing to see a big explosion relating to the a-bomb in almost every other anime, but its another thing entirely to see the reality of it, and its aftermath.

At the risk of sounding incredibly pretentious, it made me want to burn flags. Not just from one country, but from all countries... to put it another way, I wish we could be united by our common humanity.

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