Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen) Reviews

  • Apr 02, 2020

    A thoroughly horrific, heartbreaking and enveloping experience from start to finish, from setup and build, to climax and aftermath. The establishing of the core family is beautifully engaging and all the more gut-wrenching when the inevitable happens. The uses of sound, colour, conflicting illustration styles, all with a continually compelling episodic narrative, truly paints a beautifully complex and wholly human tragedy, spelling in no uncertain terms a protest against war and the governmental tirades of self-concerned and proud lawmen.

    A thoroughly horrific, heartbreaking and enveloping experience from start to finish, from setup and build, to climax and aftermath. The establishing of the core family is beautifully engaging and all the more gut-wrenching when the inevitable happens. The uses of sound, colour, conflicting illustration styles, all with a continually compelling episodic narrative, truly paints a beautifully complex and wholly human tragedy, spelling in no uncertain terms a protest against war and the governmental tirades of self-concerned and proud lawmen.

  • Dec 08, 2019

    Nossa.....tem alguns tropeços, mas no geral é uma história pesada demais mas altamente necessária..de doer a alma.

    Nossa.....tem alguns tropeços, mas no geral é uma história pesada demais mas altamente necessária..de doer a alma.

  • Sep 23, 2018

    Disturbing and unforgettable, yet of course it plays to dramatized, simple emotions of love, devotion and tragic loss.

    Disturbing and unforgettable, yet of course it plays to dramatized, simple emotions of love, devotion and tragic loss.

  • Apr 09, 2017

    A heart wrenching glimpse of a loving & strong Japanese family based in Hiroshima during that unforgettable day in 1945 where horrific history was made. The sequence of the atomic blast was so memorable & devastating one could argue you could only portray it via animation. The major crux of the story is about Gen a young boy desperately trying to keep his mother & new born sister alive. A beautiful & tragic film that shows the atrocity of the atomic attack.

    A heart wrenching glimpse of a loving & strong Japanese family based in Hiroshima during that unforgettable day in 1945 where horrific history was made. The sequence of the atomic blast was so memorable & devastating one could argue you could only portray it via animation. The major crux of the story is about Gen a young boy desperately trying to keep his mother & new born sister alive. A beautiful & tragic film that shows the atrocity of the atomic attack.

  • Oct 08, 2016

    Not as sophisticated as Grave of the Fireflies, but just as brutal. Worth one watch just for historical information.

    Not as sophisticated as Grave of the Fireflies, but just as brutal. Worth one watch just for historical information.

  • Feb 12, 2016

    What the 'overrated' Grave of Fireflies doesn't have, this makes up for it. Carnage of radiation and a wider view of war's atrocities on everyone, not just 2 kids. I got mind-Fed watching ppl evaporate. Action only starts after 30 minutes. The family was there for quite awhile, and you thought Shinji was going to be their Setsuko? WRONG. He dies just after the atom bomb fell (ok, leaving your family to burn is damn sad, but they wont have to endure the aftermath), but he has a doppelganger who solves everything for Gen. A stark contrast to Seita, our bare-footed hero actually looked out for work before the bombing itself and wasn't selfish to anyone, even exposing himself to pika for nothing (the radiated stranger he helped died). Sure, he may have stolen just like Seita, but he did in the end get approval for the carp! An underrated classic just because it wasn't under the famous Studio Ghibli. Art may have been better in the former movie, but if you watch this one, you know that if you don't do your dues, nobody would help you. Gen's age is half of Seita's yet he knew that! I just realized why the critics slammed Fireflies then. A more superior anti-war film than Fireflies, which ended up blaming US for their problems.

    What the 'overrated' Grave of Fireflies doesn't have, this makes up for it. Carnage of radiation and a wider view of war's atrocities on everyone, not just 2 kids. I got mind-Fed watching ppl evaporate. Action only starts after 30 minutes. The family was there for quite awhile, and you thought Shinji was going to be their Setsuko? WRONG. He dies just after the atom bomb fell (ok, leaving your family to burn is damn sad, but they wont have to endure the aftermath), but he has a doppelganger who solves everything for Gen. A stark contrast to Seita, our bare-footed hero actually looked out for work before the bombing itself and wasn't selfish to anyone, even exposing himself to pika for nothing (the radiated stranger he helped died). Sure, he may have stolen just like Seita, but he did in the end get approval for the carp! An underrated classic just because it wasn't under the famous Studio Ghibli. Art may have been better in the former movie, but if you watch this one, you know that if you don't do your dues, nobody would help you. Gen's age is half of Seita's yet he knew that! I just realized why the critics slammed Fireflies then. A more superior anti-war film than Fireflies, which ended up blaming US for their problems.

  • Nov 19, 2015

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 09, 2015

    Alternates between lighthearted and intensely downbeat. It truly shows the horror of nuclear war. I watched the dubbed version and I personally disliked the voice cast. Maybe if I see the subbed version, I'll up the score.

    Alternates between lighthearted and intensely downbeat. It truly shows the horror of nuclear war. I watched the dubbed version and I personally disliked the voice cast. Maybe if I see the subbed version, I'll up the score.

  • Jan 16, 2015

    The gruesome depiction of the bombing and its deadly aftermath packed a massive wallop!

    The gruesome depiction of the bombing and its deadly aftermath packed a massive wallop!

  • Jan 04, 2015

    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.

    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.