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White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)

Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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As global tensions rise, the unthinkable threat of nuclear war has become very real--and very frightening. Through the powerful recollections of the survivors of the atomic bombs that leveled two Japanese cities in 1945, this film presents a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first--and hopefully last--uses of thermonuclear weapons in war. Directed by Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki (1990's 'Days of Waiting'), 'White Light, Black Rain' provides a comprehensive, moving account of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the unique points of view of the people, both Japanese and American, who were there. Written by Anonymous

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Haunting Documentary
24 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Haunting, chilling and sad documentary taking a look at the Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. The documentary from director Steven Okazaki speaks with survivors of the events as well as Americans involved in the dropping of the bombs. What caught me off guard about this documentary is that it doesn't try to place blame, question the events or really doing any type of second guessing. I think it's clear that the message is that nothing like this should ever happen again but I give the director credit for not trying to change history and instead use it to show what actually happened and to hopefully prevent anything like it from happening again. I'm really not sure who to recommend this to because even though it's very good the subject matter is just rather painful to watch and especially during the stories being told by the survivors. Hearing stories of children being blown to pieces only to unfortunately survive and realize that everyone they know is dead was heartbreaking. Even worse is seeing some of the pain that the people were in because the blast was so strong that it melted many people on contact while others had their eyes blown out and some were pretty much burned to the bone. We get to see many photos and videos taken the day after the bomb and it's just shocking to see the aftermath. Even more shocking is seeing how much damage the bombs did to people's bodies and it's just amazing that so many children were burned over 100% of their body and yet were able to survive. The documentary really does pay justice to those brave enough to survive this entire ordeal and it's just amazing to see. The film also talks with some Americans involved and get their thoughts on the matter. This certainly isn't an easy film to watch but I think it's message is right there on full display.


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