The Last Atomic Bomb (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Last Atomic Bomb
The Last Atomic Bomb takes a deeply affecting look at the bombing of Nagasaki and its aftermath as seen through the eyes of a 70-year-old survivor named Sakue Shimohira.
The trauma is real, and the facts disturbing, but the doc doesn't have the chops to deliver what should be a more powerful statement.
Perplexing in its pedestrian and not particularly balanced production.
Audience Reviews for The Last Atomic Bomb
Not the best documentary in quality, but the politics struck me as way above average. Questioning the necessity of dropping the bomb (something Jon Stewart couldn't even do 65 years after the fact), pointing out the necessity of education and activism, focusing on Nagasaki (which is often treated as an afterthought as if it wasn't equally horrific what happened there) and at one point a Holocaust surivor and a Nagasaki bomb survivor spoke, which was an interesting connection - no coincidence that U.S. crimes are not usually taught in schools, but when we "liberate" people, it's a part of the curriculum (I spoke to a Holocaust survivor afterward, an activist colleague of mine and she agreed and pointed out that Jews in the U.S. put a lot of pressure behind making sure it's a part of the curriculum, so that made a difference, but when we're the perpetrators, it's a hard sell). I had never heard of the Press Code, so that was educational and makes complete sense. Covers a lot of aspects and rather well, not the best in construction and many images used were distorted beyond what they could handle, but it was good.
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