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Hadashi no Gen
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Barefoot Gen (1983) More at IMDbPro »Hadashi no Gen (original title)

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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  (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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Sound Mix:

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), 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 »
Eiko:You know this is supposed to be for mother.
Gen Nakaoka:What do you mean for her?
Shinji Nakaoka:Why'd she give it to us then?
Eiko: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?
Kimie Nakaoka:Eiko, go on, it's alright dear, let your brothers have it.
Eiko: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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Barefoot Gen 2 (1986)See more »


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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Excellent animation from my childhood memories, 4 May 2006
Author: Andrei Pavlov from Archangel, Russia

Seeing this one at 7 was something to remember. The picture, the sound, the message, the dialogues, the actions. The atomic bombing looked so frightening on a big screen: the people were burning, their flesh – melting, and finally only bones remained.

Some Russian people still recall memories of this cartoon, though, it still has not been officially released in good quality. It must mean something. The animation film was shown decades ago in our theatres and since then has been erased from any means of media - but we still remember it and respect it. "Finding Nemo" is good. "Spirited Away" is better. But this one is a masterpiece that has real history as a background.

Judging by the number of votes, not so many IMDb visitors are aware of this gem. Alas, before making atomic quarrels one should watch this film. You cannot watch it and pass by ignorant.

My mark is a definite 10. Thank you for attention.

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