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Barefoot Gen (1983)

Hadashi no Gen (original title)
A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director:

Mori Masaki

Writer:

Keiji Nakazawa (manga)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Issei Miyazaki Issei Miyazaki ... Gen (voice)
Catherine Battistone Catherine Battistone ... Gen (1995) (voice)
Yoshie Shimamura Yoshie Shimamura ... Kimie (voice)
Iona Morris ... Kimie (1995) (voice)
Masaki Kôda Masaki Kôda ... Shinji / Ryuta (voice)
Brianne Brozey ... Shinji (1995) (voice) (as Brianne Siddal)
Barbara Goodson ... Ryuta (1995) (voice)
Takao Inoue Takao Inoue ... Daikichi (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Daikichi (1995) (voice) (as Kurk Thornton)
Seiko Nakano Seiko Nakano ... Eiko (voice)
Wendee Lee ... Eiko (1995) (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Eizo (voice)
Michael McConnohie ... Eizo / Bully / Doctor / Easerly / Milk / Soup / Yama (1995) (voice) (as Amike McConnohie)
Katsuji Mori ... Seiji (voice)
Dan Woren ... Seijo / Banzai / Bullied / Enola (1995) (voice)
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Storyline

Gen and his family are living in Hiroshima as Japan nears the end of World War II. Gen's father has come to believe that the war is unwinnable, thus earning the wrath of the town officials and, in turn, discrimination from the rest of their neighbors. Shunned by the local merchants and tradesmen, food becomes scarce for Gen and his family. All these concerns soon pale, however, as the American military begins its final assault on Japan with the unleashing of its terrible new weapon. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Bombing Of Hiroshima As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Boy.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barefoot Gen See more »

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Production Co:

Madhouse, Gen Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Keiji Nakazawa compiled the script in one week. See more »

Goofs

When Gen and Shinji take a big bite from a sweet potato from each end, they are then told by Eiko to give the sweet potato to their mother. Once the sweet potato is given to her, it is whole again. See more »

Quotes

Kimie Nakaoka: Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, they've come against all the biggest cities and bombed them into ruins. It's serious, Gen, I won't have you making light of it.
Daikichi Nakaoka: There's one thing that bothers me. It's like you said, every major city around us has been bombed over and over again. But never Hiroshima.
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What really went down in Hiroshima
10 September 2008 | by halohamishSee all my reviews

Barefoot Gen is the autobiographical story of manga artist, Keiji Nakazawa and his experience during the times of the Hiroshima bombings in 1942. What ensues is something so unbelievable, so gritty, so real, it will change your life forever.

The film is adapted as an anime from Keiji's short manga series depicting all that he experienced just at the age of six when the bombings hit. His story truly is one of the most amazing things you will ever hear. Nothing else in film has ever captured the effects of the bombings in such a real and emotional way. It shows the viewers what really did happen and what we were never told. It shows us how real the bombings really were as we follow Gen through his struggle for survival during Japan's darkest hours.

If you haven't seen this film, you are missing out. While the film does not hold back on the gritty details, and what happens to the people of Japan throughout the whole of the film is very horrifying, you cannot miss this film due to these aspects. It's these things that make it so real and it would be a tragedy to ignore this film. It opened my eyes to what really went down in Hiroshima and I almost felt personally affected. During my whole time watching this film, I kept finding myself in disbelief that something like this actually occurred in our history, and recently at that. I mean, a whole society was rebuilt on the effects of the bombings and once again shows us how very, very wrong war is. One of the best films I have ever seen.

9.5/10 Hamish Kearvell A.K.A Screaming Japan Productions - www.myspace.com/screamingjapanproductions


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