Documentary with dramatic reenactments with actors to describe what dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was like.

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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Shuntaro Hida ...
Himself - Hiroshima Survivor
George Elsey ...
Himself - Military Advisor
Paul Tibbets ...
Himself - Pilot, Enola Gay
Theodore Van Kirk ...
Himself - Navigator, Enola Gay
Akiko Takakura ...
Herself - Hiroshima Survivor
Fred Ashworth ...
Himself - Weaponeer, Bockscar
Russell Gackenback ...
Himself - Navigator, Necessary Evil
Morris Jeppson ...
Himself - Weapons Test Officer
Teruko Fujii ...
Herself - Survivor
Kinuko Laskey ...
Herself - Hiroshima Survivor
Takashi Tanemori ...
Himself - Hiroshima Survivor
Shigeru Terasawa ...
Himself - Hiroshima Witness
Noboru Akima ...
General Anami (as Noburu Akima)
George Anton ...
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Landmark dramadoc telling the story of the atomic bomb and its impact on the people of Hiroshima. The film mixes testimony, archive, CGI and full-scale reconstruction to communicate the detailed content and context of this terrible event. Screened in 30 other countries around the world on the 60th anniversary. Written by Anonymous

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5 August 2005 (USA)  »

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Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II  »

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This was Ed Bishop's final acting role before his death on June 8, 2005 at the age of 72. See more »

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At 47 minutes approx, when A bomb explodes on Hiroshima its sound is heard simultaneously with radiation and fireball (That was a physical mistake or just a "dramatic license"?); approx three minutes later some guy mentions that expansive wave travels at less speed with sound. See more »

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Did the Japanese have Compassion?
18 October 2009 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

There was a comment in this film about the compassion and the Japanese. I realize that many people died in the two blasts and that many died subsequently. In all of my readings I have never seen any instance of Japanese compassion. It is though the nation was born without it. I have viewed the Japanese people of that time as automatons to their Emporer, willing to die but not live. I am slightly older than the use of these two bombs and nothing will convince me that millions of Japanese would have been enlisted to fight any invasion, including school girls. The leaders of Japan seemed to view their citizens as fodder. We can imagine the reaction around the world if Truman had not used these bombs. He would have been castigated. I thought the puny power of these bombs compared to today's H-bombs should have been mentioned. Now the circle of death reaches out over 20 miles.


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