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Children of Hiroshima (1952)

Genbaku no ko (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 6 August 1952 (Japan)
Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends.

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writers:

Arata Osada (novel), Kaneto Shindô
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Otowa ... Takako Ishikawa
Osamu Takizawa Osamu Takizawa ... Iwakichi
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Toshiaki, Takako's father
Jûkichi Uno Jûkichi Uno ... Kôji (scenes deleted)
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi
Takashi Itô Takashi Itô
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara
Tsutomu Shimomoto Tsutomu Shimomoto ... Natsue's husband
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki
Eiken Shôji Eiken Shôji
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida
Shin Date Shin Date
Chikako Hosokawa Chikako Hosokawa ... Setsu, Takako's mother
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Otoyo
Yoshiko Sakurai Yoshiko Sakurai
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Storyline

Six years after the atomic bombing of 06 August 1945, the school teacher Takako Ishikawa returns to Hiroshima on her vacation to visit friends and to honor her parents that died in the bombing. Takako was raised by her uncle and aunt. While in her hometown she stays with her friend, Natsue Morikawa, who has become infertile due to the side effect of the A-bomb. While walking along the destroyed city, she sees a former family friend, Iwakichi, who worked with her father, and is almost blind and has become a beggar. She pays a visit to his shanty in the slums and discovers that his grandson, Taro, is living in an orphanage since Iwakichi's shanty is no place to raise the child. When Morikawa tells her that three former pupils from the kindergarten have survived to the bombing, Takako pays a visit to each one of them and finds how the A-bomb and the radiation have affected their lives. Before returning home, Takako asks Iwakachi to let her bring Taro with her; but their bond is very ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 August 1952 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Hiroshima See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Toshiko, former pupil: [Takako is visiting her in a church, where she lies critically ill with radiation sickness] Ah, Teacher.
Takako Ishikawa: You still remember me.
Toshiko, former pupil: I didn't at first but it came to me.
Takako Ishikawa: Have you live here all this time?
Toshiko, former pupil: Yes, for six years. The priest saved me the day of the bomb. I've been here ever since.
Takako Ishikawa: And your mother and father?
Toshiko, former pupil: Everyone was killed. And I decided to stay here. Here I can say prayers for them. I ask God to grant us peace forever.
Takako Ishikawa: That is a very good thing to do.
Toshiko, former pupil: Now I understand that war is the ...
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An excellent, powerful movie
8 March 1999 | by Bob-406See all my reviews

Largely overlooked today, this was one of the first films made during the Allied occupation after WW2.

Very powerful in its content, it shows the devastation caused by the Atomic bomb, and by use of a fictional storyline, portrays the struggle of the ordinary Japanese people in dealing with the aftermath.

I last saw this film in 1976 and it is still vivid in my memory.


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