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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Okazaki
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On DVD: Aug 7, 2007
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HBO


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

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Salon.com
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Film's sobering impact lets the images and witnesses' words speak for themselves.

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

January 31, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Film Threat

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Bullz-Eye.com

[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.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
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