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Black Rain (1989)
"Kuroi ame" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  17 September 1989 (USA)
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The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshiko Tanaka ...
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Shigematsu Shizuma
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Shigeko Shizuma
Shôichi Ozawa ...
Norihei Miki ...
Keisuke Ishida ...
Hisako Hara ...
Masato Yamada ...
Tamaki Sawa ...
Woman in Ikemoto-ya
Akiji Kobayashi ...
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Old Woman with white flag
Kenjirô Ishimaru ...
Mayumi Tateichi ...
Fumiko of Ikemoto-ya
Taiji Tonoyama ...
The Old Priest
Fujio Tokita ...
40 Year Old Woman with burns


Mr and Mrs Shizuma, and their niece Yasuko, make their way through the ruins of Hiroshima, just after the atomic bomb has dropped. Five years later, Yasuko is living with her aunt and uncle, and her senile grandmother, in a village containing many of the bomb survivors. Yasuko does not appear to be affected by the bomb, but the Shizuma's are worried about her marriage prospects, as she could succumb to radiation sickness at any time. Written by Will Gilbert

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There was a color epilogue filmed that takes place in 1965 that was cut from the final version of this film. Takashi Miike has stated in an interview that director Shôhei Imamura, who behaved in a very demanding manner throughout the shoot, felt that though he did not wish to cut this alternate ending, that he needed to anyway, and that is why it was cut. See more »


Shigematsu Shizuma: "An unjust peace is better than a just war." It's important to note that this is said cynically.
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Not one of my favorite Imamura films, but powerful, most certainly
23 February 2014 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Shohei Imamura's account of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath. Kazuo Kitamura and Etsuko Ichihara play a middle aged couple who, along with their niece, Yoshiko Tanaka, live on the outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb is dropped. They live with minor injuries while they explore the horrific aftermath (shown in three different segments, the latter two being flashbacks). The Hiroshima segments in the film are absolutely devastating, just horrifyingly graphic. The bulk of the film takes place five years later. The uncle is trying to negotiate his niece's marriage, but she is tainted in public opinion because of her presence at Hiroshima (people assume she's not healthy, as many other people who were there are not). The film is quietly devastating. I wouldn't consider it one of Imamura's masterpieces, but it's a fine film. Tanaka, in particular, is brilliant, and I loved the score. The black and white cinematography is quite pretty, too.

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