Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara, Roger Spottiswoode, Wesley Addy, Richard Masur

Cast: Koreyoshi Kurahara, Roger Spottiswoode, Wesley Addy, Richard Masur

     
 

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This Canadian-Japanese co-production uses both vintage historical footage (including armed forces films and period newsreels) and contemporary dramatic reenactments to tell the story of how the scientific and military minds behind the Manhattan Project, under the orders of President Harry Truman (Kenneth Welsh), developed the first atomic bomb. The weapon was first

Overview

This Canadian-Japanese co-production uses both vintage historical footage (including armed forces films and period newsreels) and contemporary dramatic reenactments to tell the story of how the scientific and military minds behind the Manhattan Project, under the orders of President Harry Truman (Kenneth Welsh), developed the first atomic bomb. The weapon was first used to attack the city of Hiroshima near the end of World War II, changing forever the shape of modern warfare and bringing fearsome devastation to a previously quiet Japanese city.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This made-for-TV film is riveting from beginning to end. It centers primarily on the political gamesmanship that led to the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, heralding the beginning of the atomic age. Filmed from both American and Japanese points of view, it eavesdrops on secret meetings, revealing historically accurate details about the strategies of the opposing sides. The film makes no judgments; it simply tells the story as it was. To maximize realism, the film uses archival 1945 footage -- both color and black-and-white -- to introduce scenes, make transitions, and depict battles. The splicing is seamless. For example, audiences see the real Harry Truman entering the White House and actor Kenneth Welsh, portraying Truman, closing the door inside. Between major sequences, American and Japanese government personnel in office in 1945 tell anecdotes about the political, military, and moral decisions of the time. In addition, ex-soldiers recite sometimes gruesome details about the brutality of war. Because these anecdotes usually last a half-minute or less, they do not detract from the film in any way. In fact, they enhance the sense of realism. The central conflict of Hiroshima, of course, pits the Americans against the Japanese. But the film also explores the conflicts between Americans over whether to use the bomb and between Japanese over whether to make peace or fight on. Tactics, morality, politics, and personalities all come into play. Suspense builds as Dr. Julius Robert Oppenheimer (Jeffrey DeMunn) and his team of scientists complete work on two bombs: a uranium device called Little Boy and a plutonium device called Fat Man. Hands wring; consciences reel. And then a plane dubbed the Enola Gay takes off for Hiroshima with Little Boy poised over the bomb bay. The acting is superb all around -- in particular, Welsh as Truman and Tatsuo Matsumura as Prime Minister Suzuki. Hiroshima deserves recognition as one of the greatest war films ever made. Oddly, Canadians play almost all of the Americans in the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2016
UPC:
0683904544926
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Time:
3:10:00
Sales rank:
6,088

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Addy Stimson
Richard Masur Groves
Kenneth Welsh Harry S Truman
David Gow Actor
Tatsuo Matsumara Actor
George R. Robertson Actor
Saul Rubinek Leo Szilard
Kantaro Suzuki Actor
Naohiko Umewaka Emperor Hirohito
Timothy West Winston Churchill
Ken Jenkins Actor
Jeffrey DeMunn Actor
Kei Sato Actor
Koji Takahashi Korechika Anami

Technical Credits
Koreyoshi Kurahara Director
Roger Spottiswoode Director
Andrew Adelson Executive Producer
Shohei Ando Cinematographer
Matthew Asner Consultant/advisor
Michael I. Campus Executive Producer
Rosanne Z. Cohen Associate Producer
Arla Dietz-Baim Consultant/advisor
Dominique Fortin Editor
John Hopkins Screenwriter
Tetsuya Ikeda Executive Producer
Toshiro Ishido Screenwriter
Tomohiro Kaiyama Associate Producer
Cynthia Lazaroff Consultant/advisor
Pierre Mignot Cinematographer
Katsumi Ono Associate Producer
Paul Painter Executive Producer
Denis Papillon Editor
Roland Perkins Consultant/advisor
Anne Pritchard Production Designer
Anita Simand Associate Producer
John Soh Editor
Robin Spry Executive Producer
Hiroshi Tokuda Production Designer
Iroshi Tokuda Production Designer
Kazutoshi Wadakura Producer

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