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Senba-zuru (1989)

 -  Drama | War  -  24 June 1989 (Japan)
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April 1954. 12 year old schoolgirl Sadako thinks her main problem is being unable to pass the baton in relay races. But just as her team starts winning, she starts getting tired more easily... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chieko Baishô ...
Sasaki Yaeko - Sadako's mother
Tamami Hirose ...
Sasaki Sadako
Gin Maeda ...
Sasaki Kenji
Mako Ishino ...
Ozeki Kyoko
Mamiko Tayama ...
Amamiya Yukiko
Hiromi Iwasaki ...
Yamamoto Akiko
Mie Watanabe ...
Tanaka Sumiko
Saburô Shinoda ...
Dr Fuji
Kazuo Andô ...
Watanabe
Chieko Aioi ...
Akagi
Fumie Noguchi ...
Yukiko's mother
Ben Hiura ...
Bill Collector
Shôzô Hirabayashi ...
Middle School Headmaster
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Doctor
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Taiji Tonoyama ...
Monk
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April 1954. 12 year old schoolgirl Sadako thinks her main problem is being unable to pass the baton in relay races. But just as her team starts winning, she starts getting tired more easily. She is sent back to the American Base Victory Hospital, where the diagnosis is lymphatic leukemia. And she has no more than a year left to live. Her parents agree with the doctor that Sadako should not be told, but will she find out anyway ? Written by sharptongue

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Perhaps a bit too earnest
9 November 2008 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is basically a straight retelling of the true story of a schoolgirl's journey along the nightmare road of radiation sickness, and her determination to not give into the sadness of it all. Sadako became a national icon in Japan in the mid-50s, and her story appears to have done much for the cause of peace and against war. The lead actress does a fine job of portraying the doomed girl, whose fate is never in doubt, but who keeps the story moving at a pace which, though leisurely, is always involving and sometime heart-rending. This is by no means a subtle film. The moral and the message are driven home with a sledgehammer, the ending in particular. But this is no bad thing, and it is a message which, delivered through a simple story from a very personal viewpoint, is sure to stay with you.


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