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Black Rain (1989)

Kuroi ame (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 February 1990 (USA)
The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Masuji Ibuse (novel), Shôhei Imamura | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshiko Tanaka Yoshiko Tanaka ... Yasuko
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Shigematsu Shizuma
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Shigeko Shizuma
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Shokichi
Norihei Miki Norihei Miki ... Kotaro
Hisako Hara Hisako Hara ... Kin
Keisuke Ishida Keisuke Ishida ... Yuichi
Masato Yamada Masato Yamada ... Tatsu
Tamaki Sawa Tamaki Sawa ... Woman in Ikemoto-ya
Akiji Kobayashi ... Katayama
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Old Woman with white flag
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ... Aono
Mayumi Tateichi Mayumi Tateichi ... Fumiko of Ikemoto-ya
Toshie Kusunoki Toshie Kusunoki ... Kane
Reiko Nanao Reiko Nanao ... Rui
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Storyline

Mr and Mrs Shizuma, and their niece Yasuko, make their way through the ruins of Hiroshima, just after the atomic bomb has dropped. Five years later, Yasuko is living with her aunt and uncle, and her senile grandmother, in a village containing many of the bomb survivors. Yasuko does not appear to be affected by the bomb, but the Shizuma's are worried about her marriage prospects, as she could succumb to radiation sickness at any time. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Yoshinaga, Okayama, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was a color epilogue filmed that takes place in 1965 that was cut from the final version of this film. Takashi Miike has stated in an interview that director Shôhei Imamura, who behaved in a very demanding manner throughout the shoot, felt that though he did not wish to cut this alternate ending, that he needed to anyway, and that is why it was cut. See more »

Quotes

Shigematsu Shizuma: "An unjust peace is better than a just war." It's important to note that this is said cynically.
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Version of Kuroi ame: Mei no kekkon (1983) See more »

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don't confuse it with Ridley Scott's potboiler, please...
7 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Not many Japanese films have dared to confront the shame and neglect felt by victims of post-Hiroshima atomic fallout, which makes this sober, emotional portrait of slow death by radiation poisoning one of the more emotional dramas in recent memory. Most of the story revolves around a young woman unable to marry because of her condition, with vivid flashbacks to the chaos of August 6th, 1945, The recreation of Hiroshima after the blast is unflinching in its horror, but can't begin to suggest the impact of the actual devastation, and these scenes are often at odds with the rest of the film: a gentle domestic drama characterized more by its reserve, dignity, quiet poetry, and sometimes over-earnest anti-war appeals ("…war is bad", observes one character). Even with such powerful subject matter, the lasting impression of the film is one of grace, subtlety, and profound sadness.


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