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

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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 ...
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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: 8/7/2007
  • UPC: 026359438929
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,209

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Satoru Fukahori Participant
Chiemi Oka Participant
Sakue Shimohira Participant
Yasuyo Tanaka Participant
Kasuji Yoshida Participant
Harold Agnew Participant
Shuntaro Hida Participant
Kiyoko Imori Participant
Morris Jepson Participant
Lawrence Johnston Participant
Etsuko Nagano Participant
Keiji Nakazawa Participant
Kim Panyeon Participant
Shigeko Sasamori Participant
Sumiteru Taniguchi Participant
Sunao Tsuboi Participant
Theodore van Kirk Participant
Senji Yamaguchi 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Thought Provoking and Startling!

    Rather than just listen to a lecture or read about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, students view "White Light Black Rain" and experience this shocking part of history through interviews with survivors and witnesses, as well as through pictures of the devastation. What a deterrant to the promotion of nuclear bombs!

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