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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...


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 »


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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Great Style, easy on the Substance
19 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Have just watched the film with an eye to my history class and found it very good dramatically. I was kicking myself for losing another film of the same name that was more of a film and which demanded more from their actors; to see Truman in this version portrayed by a man twice his size with no physical or vocal similarity was a big disappointment whereas the older film's resemblances to him and the other two of the Big Three was uncanny. To compare the lack of concern in this regard to the care the BBC took with its Dunkirk where Churchill and Lord Halifax were lovingly portrayed is further frustrating. The graphics are outstanding as one would expect from the BBC; if you've seen its Auschwitz, Colosseum or Pompeii titles you'll know what high quality to expect. One quibble would be the lack of any mention of Japanese atrocities. Living and working in China with family who suffered from Japanese barbarism, I was dismayed to see Japanese bestiality whitewashed to portray them as the victims. Maybe one day someone will do a BBC-type Rape of Nanking to redress the balance. In the meantime, without bothering to fully explain why the Americans (and the British and Commonwealth who took on the Japanese too, a fact ignored by the British broadcasting Corp.)truly hated the Japanese is disingenuous. No real mention made too of the bomb in the context of the start of the Cold War, or how Nagasaki was probably more a warning to Stalin who had just invaded Japan with an eye to joint-occupation a la Germany makes this a rather one-dimensional analysis. Great value must be placed on the interviews of so many witnesses, particularly Tibbets and the last man to have actually have touched Little Boy. www.tracesofevil.blogspot.com

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