Kuroi Ame (Black Rain) (1989)
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The title refers to the radioactive fallout which descended upon ruined city of Hiroshima after the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Young bride-to-be Yoshiko Tanaka has the misfortune to be visiting Hiroshima on the day of the explosion. Incredibly, she is unhurt; she returns to her own village, across the bay from Hiroshima. Unfortunately, her townsmen have been profoundly affected by the "black rain"; over the next five years, the poison in their systems slowly but surely erodes their
May 13, 1989 Wide
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[Shohei Imamura] shoots in beautifully textured black and white to tell the story of survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb who were contaminated by the fallout.
Powerfully effective, and it addresses the issue of the national scarring of the bombings in a way that no one else ever has.
Even in a seeming Eden of the lush picture-postcard country village in this film, the legacy of the bomb lives on.
While most of Black Rain takes place in 1950, the film's astonishing opening sequence places us at the epicenter of the event, August 1945.
A stunning, humane, but difficult film about the human aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing.
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