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White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)


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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


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Aug 7, 2007


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No warning can really prepare you for these images of ashen corpses, maimed survivors and apocalyptic destruction, but in an age of renewed nuclear tension, there can be no question as to their relevance.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Film's sobering impact lets the images and witnesses' words speak for themselves.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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A stirring and heart-wrenching statement of the horrible powers that mankind holds in its fist.

January 31, 2007
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Intelligent, often poignant, and valuable for offering an oral history by those who witnessed one of the most traumatic events of the 20th century.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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To say that watching this footage is harrowing would be an understatement -- and to call watching it "painful" would be a serious insult to the survivors.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source:

[A] simple, apolitical reminder -- an act of passionate but clearheaded pleading -- that we must never forget the horrors of Japan in the summer of 1945.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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