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Kuroi ame (1989)

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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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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According to Yoshiko Tanaka, the cast were forbidden by the director to leave the village they were filming in to return to Tokyo, even if they had a day off, because Imamura did not wish for them to then return to the location having experienced again the comfort and ease present-day of city life. See more »

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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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Not one of my favorite Imamura films, but powerful, most certainly
23 February 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Shohei Imamura's account of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath. Kazuo Kitamura and Etsuko Ichihara play a middle aged couple who, along with their niece, Yoshiko Tanaka, live on the outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb is dropped. They live with minor injuries while they explore the horrific aftermath (shown in three different segments, the latter two being flashbacks). The Hiroshima segments in the film are absolutely devastating, just horrifyingly graphic. The bulk of the film takes place five years later. The uncle is trying to negotiate his niece's marriage, but she is tainted in public opinion because of her presence at Hiroshima (people assume she's not healthy, as many other people who were there are not). The film is quietly devastating. I wouldn't consider it one of Imamura's masterpieces, but it's a fine film. Tanaka, in particular, is brilliant, and I loved the score. The black and white cinematography is quite pretty, too.


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