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Fukushima: A Nuclear Story (2015)

A powerful documentary - shot from March 11th, 2011 through March 2015 - that sheds some light on what really happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 earthquake and the tsunami that followed.


Matteo Gagliardi


Matteo Gagliardi (co-writer), Christine Reinhold (co-writer) | 1 more credit »


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A breathtaking inquiry on a invisible enemy
17 April 2015 | by pggirasoleSee all my reviews

The 11th of March of 2011 will be remembered in the World for the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of East Japan. However, the high and strong waves, which crashed with their fury over the coast of the north- Eastern region of Tohoku reached the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant too. This leaded to damages of the reactors located there from which were expelled radioactive gases. An invisible enemy. Since you can't see it as well as stop it to spread. Two unpredictable catastrophes caused by nature. And one, sadly, predictable but caused by people. Those who build, since 1966, over 50 nuclear reactors and 18 nuclear power plants over the most "shaking" corner of the world. And the only country who witnessed an double atomic bombing. Since that fatal day hundreds of pages were written, debates opened, and sadly, wide sensationalism too aroused. This great and breathtaking movie will lead us to the acknowledgment of what happened, happens and could have been happened in the reactors hit by the tsunami in the Fukushima prefecture. Those unexplored for months and still hidden to the media. All the inquiry, then, is enriched by scientifically precise descriptions of the work made by the reactors, and realized through computer graphic as well as some scenes developed in unique and amazing Japanese style animation. All makes this movie fast, with an high impact to the audience and also, maybe the most important feature to underline, usable by young people. If a movie about something like nuclear power risks, is seen by a teenager he or she will realize the threats it covers and would try to know more and, in the future, refuse it. However, if the audience will watch the typical documentary with only one narration voice and difficult passages in it, the people who will like it will be those who will understand it. And if it is hard to understand and too much slow, young people will avoid it for sure. However, a movie like Matteo Gagliardi's "A nuclear story", with his strong rhythm helped by a perfect soundtrack ( created by Fabrizio Campanelli), that gives echoes to the strong, fast videos, like the different voices of the characters who appear in it, the scientific graphic explanations and the animations, will make understand young people too the problems to which Fukushima is related. The story, so, develops around the personal inquiry of the Italian news correspondent Pio d'Emilia. His role is also that of the main character and, then, the most of narration follows his figure and is given by his figure speaking. However, as reported above, other characters appear on the screen and are subbed or dubbed thus creating a choir made by many opinions, as reality itself is indeed, about this catastrophe. A catastrophe that movie like this hopefully will help to be not forget and thus avoided and sentenced in the future. Since, after Fukushima, to quote the movie, nobody, as well everybody, was guilty. Like war.

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