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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

The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about atomic bombs and nuclear warfare which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome (1979). The films included Silkwood (1983), Testament (1983), Threads (1984), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Special Bulletin (1983), Ground Zero (1987), Barefoot Gen (Barefoot Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Dead Man's Letters (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). 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

Gen Nakaoka: Hey! How'd I end up here? Guess they decided to bomb us after all.
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Featured in Barefoot Gen 2 (1986) See more »

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A hard truth
8 April 2018 | by NerdBatSee all my reviews

This film is about a young boy named Gen, who survives the bombing of his Hiroshima home during World War 2. I don't care who you are or how old you are, you would have to have a heart of stone to not be affected by this film. I'm not a huge fan of anime by any standards, but I do love history. This film as shocking and (in some parts, disgusting) as it is, has hard facts backing it up. The events portrayed in the film really did happen, and it makes many Americans like me feel a great sense of shame. I feel for the Japanese, this film makes you connect with the characters and feel their pain. They say the person who wrote and produced this film was himself a survivor of the Hiroshima bombings, which if that is true, makes it even worse in knowing that these were the events that he must have witnessed. Really, you will cry if you watch this, but its a wonderful and heartwarming film nonetheless. If you like anime, or just want to see history in action, this would be a film for you.


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