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Barefoot Gen 2 (1986)

Hadashi no Gen 2 (original title)
Three years after the Hiroshima bombing, a teenager helps a group of orphans to survive and find their new life.

Director:

Toshio Hirata

Writers:

Keiji Nakazawa (manga), Hideo Takayashiki (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Issei Miyazaki Issei Miyazaki ... Gen Nakaoka (voice)
Masaki Kôda Masaki Kôda ... Ryuta Kondo (voice)
Kei Nakamura Kei Nakamura ... Masa (voice)
Takami Aoyama Takami Aoyama ... Katsuko (voice)
Masato Yamamoto Masato Yamamoto ... Donguri (voice)
Kôji Takagi Kôji Takagi ... Katchin (voice)
Masumi Satô Masumi Satô ... Katsuji Musubi (voice)
Yoshie Shimamura Yoshie Shimamura ... Kimie Nakaoka (voice)
Takao Inoue Takao Inoue ... Daikichi Nakaoka (voice)
Kôichi Kitamura Kôichi Kitamura ... Matsukichi Hirayama (voice)
Junji Nishimura Junji Nishimura ... Doctor (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Teacher (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Policeman (voice)
Seiko Nakano Seiko Nakano ... (voice)
Reiko Suzuki Reiko Suzuki ... (voice)
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Storyline

Three years after the Hiroshima bombing, Gen and his adopted brother, Ryuta, befriend a group of orphans. A fierce typhoon hits the city, leaving the orphans' home flooded and beyond repair. Gen helps them build a new home on an abandoned piece of property, and brings love and encouragement to one of the children whose face has been badly scarred by radiation. Gen's mother, though, has only four more months to live... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 June 1986 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Barefoot Gen 2 See more »

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Production Co:

Madhouse See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Renewed hope... eventually.
21 July 2019 | by garethcrookSee all my reviews

Watching this and it's predecessor in quick succession, it'll be hard to separate these two films in my mind, such is the continuation of the story. Here we find Gen three years on from the Hiroshima bomb, still trying to survive as the country attempts to find its feet. Food is scarce, people are still dying. The enemy here is clearly the US "Yankee's" and their bomb, unlike the first film where at least joint responsibility was firmly pointed at the Japanese government who took them to war. It's very much the message of innocent civilians that get tangled in the wars dictated by those in power. This doesn't have the brutal punch of the first film, it's more of a slow skewering as radiation poisoning takes hold and the realisation that this was no ordinary bomb. In general it does feel more positive, maybe partly due the ridiculously positive music, whoever was directing the music on this loves a good singalong, but it's still about losing loved ones and struggling to survive in a home that's become a wasteland. Trying to find income, food, shelter, medicine and learning to start anew, with new friends, new family and renewed hope.


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