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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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Powerful and heart wrenching documentary
8 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the world history is the beginning of the nuclear age. This documentary's poignant truth of victims' experience of the atomic bomb gives a real insight on what happened on both days. What is shown is beyond graphic and makes you wonder why this had to happen. Was it really justified to hurt all these people? Steven Okazaki and his crew interview these brave individuals who want people to know what happened and why it should never happen again.

I cried many times throughout this documentary because it was very edgy and thought provoking. The musical score really envelopes the message of this film. Sad waning of trumpets enlighten the souls that have passed on and memorializes what they stood for. I highly recommend this film. In my opinion though, it is not for the queasy or faint hearted. Bless all those who lost their lives in World War II and the many struggles around the world today!


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