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Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 6 August 1990
Life in Hiroshima, following different Japanese, a German priest and church, and some American POWs, before and after the atomic bomb was dropped August 6, 1945.


Peter Werner


John McGreevey
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Father Siemes
Judd Nelson ... Pete Dunham
Mako ... Sgt. Moritaki
Tamlyn Tomita ... Sally
Stan Egi ... Dr. Hara
Brady Tsurutani Brady Tsurutani ... Yoshi
Sab Shimono ... Dr. Fujita
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Nurse Yama
Ben Wright Ben Wright ... Tom Reese
Pat Morita ... Yoodo Toda
Kim Miyori ... Mrs. Ota
Natsuko Ohama Natsuko Ohama ... Mrs. Kawamoto
Elizabeth Sung ... Toyo
Rodney Kageyama ... Kanji
Ping Wu ... Goro


The movie follows the perspective of several characters (such as Japanese victims, soldiers, American prisoners of war and others) and how they lived or tried to survive the effects felt during the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb dropping by the Enola Gay at Hiroshima, during World War II. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Drama | History | War



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Interweaving of stories works. . .war is ugly despite the "good news" gloss
28 July 2003 | by teejayniles2345See all my reviews

This film is commendable for those who are barely literate about some of the Japanese-American tensions and attractions that make the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombing such a controversial matter more than 60 years later with no end in sight. For such young people the "English-friendly" aspects of this production will be appealing; the special effects and "gross-out" scenes are far enough from original documentary footage and the eyewitness narratives that most sensitive viewers should not have to turn away when victims and injured citizens are in view. The use of "name" actors helps to make some of the August 6 events seem accessible while avoiding the history-by-leaders/ Presidents/ aggressive warriors "trap." A U.S. serviceman's death (character played by Judd Nelson) is somewhat melodramatic but again illustrates some worthy points (the two cultures involved in a "struggle to the death" war while still sharing common values on high technology and fascination with "wins/losses"). I haven't heard if a project like this is slated for the 60th anniversary (2005) of the War-ending bombing but it wouldn't surprise me. My rating 10 *'s for those older than 12 who can sit and discuss this with adults (grandparents who lived at or around that era); and positive value for young and middle-aged adults.

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Release Date:

6 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brennende Erde See more »

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1.33 : 1
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