White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Director: Steven Okazaki

Cast: Steven Okazaki, Yasuyo Tanaka, Chiemi Oka, Sakue Shimohira

     
 

On August 6, 1945, the world was changed forever when American forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another similar bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, and shortly afterward Japan surrendered to the United States. The human cost was tremendous -- 210,000 died in the immediate aftermath of the atomic attacks, and another 160,000… See more details below

Overview

On August 6, 1945, the world was changed forever when American forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another similar bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, and shortly afterward Japan surrendered to the United States. The human cost was tremendous -- 210,000 died in the immediate aftermath of the atomic attacks, and another 160,000 would later die of related illnesses and injuries. While Japan would rebuild itself as an international economic power, the nation's psyche still carries the scars of those fateful days in 1945, and award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki examines the lingering impact of the two bombings in the documentary White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In White Light/Black Rain, Okazaki talks with fourteen survivors of the 1945 attacks, ranging from an artist who has recounted his experience in comic art to a woman who was the only child out of 620 students to survive at a Hiroshima elementary school. White Light/Black Rain also features interviews with Americans involved in the attacks and probes their feelings about the use of the bombs sixty years later. White Light/Black Rain was an official selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0026359438929
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
12,957

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yasuyo Tanaka Participant
Chiemi Oka Participant
Sakue Shimohira Participant
Kasuji Yoshida Participant
Satoru Fukahori Participant
Etsuko Nagano Participant
Senji Yamaguchi Participant
Sumiteru Taniguchi Participant
Kiyoko Imori Participant
Shigeko Sasamori Participant
Keiji Nakazawa Participant
Sunao Tsuboi Participant
Shuntaro Hida Participant
Kim Panyeon Participant
Morris Jepson Participant
Theodore van Kirk Participant
Lawrence Johnston Participant
Harold Agnew Participant

Technical Credits
Steven Okazaki Director,Editor,Producer
Taro Goto Co-producer
Takafumi Kawasaki Camera Operator
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Robert Richter Executive Producer
Atsuko Shigesawa Co-producer
Patti Tauscher Sound Editor
Alex Wilmer Sound Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1. Hiroshima [4:33]
2. The Survivors [3:12]
3. Nagasaki [9:44]
4. The Bomb [8:10]
5. White Light [5:59]
6. Black Rain [13:49]
7. The Aftermath [9:21]
8. Pika Don [9:40]
9. This is Your Life [6:30]
10. Article 9 [10:01]
11. Closing Credits [:43]

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