Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen) (1983)




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Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by artist Keiji Nakazawa, Barefoot Gen is an animated drama about a family's struggle to survive in Japan during the waning days of World War II. The family's patriarch has run afoul of the local government due to his opposition to the war. The government begins to deprive the family of life's little luxuries, and its necessities. The hardships they suffer through are put into perspective by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by Allied forces. The family's six-year-old son, Gen, who has lived with the reality of the war nearly his entire life, provides the center of this animated drama. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Animation , Anime & Manga , Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Critic Reviews for Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)

All Critics (7)

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.

September 8, 2010
Cinema em Cena

uses the stylised strokes of animation to show what would otherwise be beyond the bounds of cinematic representation

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Eye for Film

Disturbing, subversive, and unbelievably manages to find a happy ending in Hiroshima

November 9, 2005

gets inside the head with its brutal imagery

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Old School Reviews

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November 1, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

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.

Marco Rosato
Marco Rosato

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.

David Lazovic
David Lazovic

Brutal in its artistic interpretation of events, Barefoot Gen still manages to find heartwarming moments in the disturbingly grim setting.

Todd Anderson
Todd Anderson

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