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

2007

Documentary / History

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 96%
IMDb Rating 8.3 10 1,661

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Reviewed by lastliberal 10 / 10 / 10

War is not for children.

The total estimated human loss of life caused by World War II, irrespective of political alignment, was roughly 72 million people. This figure includes military and civilian. It includes six million Jews exterminated by the Nazi, and it includes the over 200,000 who died on August 6th and 9th as the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As one of the children born in Japan during its occupation after the war, I feel a special affinity for the country and its people. As one of those who are concerned about the fate of the world, I feel a special affinity for this film, as it shows the utter horror that can occur when we are relentless in our drive to develop new and more powerful weapons. It can be argued that the number of deaths caused by the war would be much higher had these 200,000 not been sacrificed, but the larger concern is that we have 400,000 times the power today than that which was unleashed 62 years ago. That should concern every citizen in the World. This was a moving and powerful documentary. The horrors shown were sometimes hard to stomach. They equal the most horrific horror films on the market today. The part most difficult to think about is that horror films are mostly for adult, but the horrors of these bombings were experienced by children as young as six. To see your mother crumble to dust in front of you is a pain that is incomprehensible. It is so horrific that some children could not take it and ended their lives. To see children with horrific burns all over their bodies, in excruciating pain for many months, with no relief and wanting to die will touch the hardest hearts. Many questioned if we were ready for a film like United 93 so soon after September 11th. This film took 62 years before it was decided we were ready. It would be a crime not to see it for yourself.

Reviewed by Jamrite 10 / 10 / 10

Powerful and heart wrenching documentary

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the world history is the beginning of the nuclear age. This documentary's poignant truth of victims' experience of the atomic bomb gives a real insight on what happened on both days. What is shown is beyond graphic and makes you wonder why this had to happen. Was it really justified to hurt all these people? Steven Okazaki and his crew interview these brave individuals who want people to know what happened and why it should never happen again. I cried many times throughout this documentary because it was very edgy and thought provoking. The musical score really envelopes the message of this film. Sad waning of trumpets enlighten the souls that have passed on and memorializes what they stood for. I highly recommend this film. In my opinion though, it is not for the queasy or faint hearted. Bless all those who lost their lives in World War II and the many struggles around the world today!

Reviewed by david63 10 / 10 / 10

Never again indeed

Well said, Dream_seeker. I saw this film when it originally aired on HBO and it affected me profoundly. I watched it again today for the second time and was just as moved. It is as gut-wrenching as any film I have ever seen, fiction or non-fiction. It will make any grown man cry, even a hardened one, as long as a heart beats within him. This is an astounding piece of film-making and should be required viewing for high school students all over the world. {SPOILERS} Why? The common theme from every one of the survivors interviewed is the same: Never again. As another reviewer noted, George Santayana's observation that "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" couldn't be more apt here. Indeed, the first scenes of interviews of young Japanese persons on the street drive home this point right away as they reveal that they have indeed forgotten and are clueless about the all-too-recent history of their elders. The survivors and those who died as a result of the bombings suffered horrors that should be unimaginable, but were and are still all too real and painful. As one of the survivors noted, those emotionally and physically painful experiences should end with them. No human beings should ever have to face those horrors again. This is mostly a Japanese production (just watch the credits). Despite the obvious temptation to do so, the Japanese filmmakers deserve tremendous credit for exercising grace and restraint by not engaging in historical revisionism or anti-Americanism. They ensure the viewer sees and hears the survivors of the atomic bombs almost universally placing blame for their cities being bombed at the feet of the Japanese government for starting the war and for keeping Japan in it long after all hope for victory was lost. Some even became activists to petition the Japanese government to own up to its role and grant them medical and other benefits. The filmmakers are so even-handed as to allow the surviving crew members from the Enola Gay to express no regret for doing their duty, without making them appear callous or cold. The filmmakers also portray an officer from the crew warning young yahoos who might be hawkish about nukes today that "nuking" someone is something no one should ever have to do, or even contemplate ever doing again. There is a surreal bit from the 1950s television show "This Is Your Life" in which a captain from the Enola Gay appears and expresses regret and remorse to a kind Japanese reverend on a humanitarian mission for women disfigured by the atomic bombings. "My God, what have we done?" he tells the reverend and the TV audience he thought after the crew flew away from the flash, the mushroom cloud, and the devastated city below them. One remarkable Japanese woman who was horribly disfigured by the bomb even shares that when she saw him on TV, she cried for the American captain from the Enola Gay because of the enormous guilt he obviously bore when he appeared on "This Is Your Life." I found it very moving and admirable that after everything she endured, that gentle woman still possessed the humanity, grace, and compassion to feel for one of the Americans who took part in causing all that death, despair, and destruction. She cried not for herself and her own painful experiences, but for him instead. Wow. Despite all the sadness and horror portrayed in this film, there is a ray of light in the humanity and dignity the survivors display. They were each very brave to bare their tremendously personal and private pain in a film for public consumption, but none of them asked for pity, and none of them stood on a political soapbox. The only message they wanted to convey was simple and selfless. Never again. {END SPOILERS} The filmmakers have made a film that not only is impossible to forget, but one which does the whole human race a public service as well. They have portrayed in a way as honest and unvarnished as possible just how horrific is the reality of the personal costs of using nuclear weapons. Let us hope we listen to the survivors and remember their cautionary tales. Never again.

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