Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen) (1983)
Critic Reviews for Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)
Os ocasionais tropeços dramáticos da narrativa (especialmente relacionados à reação e à interação dos personagens) são mais do que equilibrados pela força da história e pela expressividade com que retrata esta pavorosa tragédia.
uses the stylised strokes of animation to show what would otherwise be beyond the bounds of cinematic representation
Disturbing, subversive, and unbelievably manages to find a happy ending in Hiroshima
Audience Reviews for Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)
Barefoot Gen is Grave of the Firefiles if Grave of the Firefiles came out a few years earlier. Barefoot Gen in some ways more brutal and depressing than Grave of the Firefiles.
Heartbreaking, powerful and touching, Barefoot Gen may be too brutal and graphic at times, but it is such a hard-hitting, deeply moving film with characters you care about, very good animation, many heartwarming as well as devastating sequences and beautiful, wonderfully happy conclusion despite all odds. It may not be as polished as Grave of the Fireflies, but it is just as devastating, if not more. It uses animation to tell and show its story which a live-action film could not do. It is one of the very best animated films of the eighties and one of the most underrated anime productions ever.
Brutal in its artistic interpretation of events, Barefoot Gen still manages to find heartwarming moments in the disturbingly grim setting.
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