Nuclear Nation (2013)



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March 11, 2011: a serious earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radiation, and turning the residents of Futaba into "nuclear refugees." The devastation experienced by the town - dead livestock left to rot, crops abandoned, homes and businesses destroyed - was infinitely worse than anything reported by the newspapers. A year later, 500 evacuees are still unable to return to their contaminated homes. The irony of this disaster occurring in a nation that experienced two nuclear bombs is not lost on the victims who poignantly question their responsibility for striking a Faustian bargain with nuclear power. NUCLEAR NATION suggests that a relatively small tragedy could one day be replicated on a much larger scale - perhaps in your own backyard. (c) First Run Features
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Few films have opening images more chilling than the ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, or more bleak than the last 10 minutes of "Nuclear Nation."

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
New York Post
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For the most part, the movie takes an eye-level approach to the disaster, focusing on the experiences of ordinary people living in makeshift shelters and public housing, lining up for food, and returning to their homes in hazmat suits.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
AV Club
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[Funahashi's] approach is direct, intimate yet respectful, and sometimes as mournful as the stark piano-and-flute score.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
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If you were looking for a documentary to blow the lid off the secrecy around the extent of the destruction, and lack of restitution-in other words outrage à la Michael Moore-you will not find it here, but there is much that is worthy and troubling.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
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This documentary sometimes lingers on vistas better suited to a Godzilla movie, strewn with rubble, devoid of souls.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Time Out
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If nothing else, the film will force you to reassess all the arguments for and against nuclear power.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Nuclear Nation

A saddening documentary about the town of Futaba that no longer exists due to the mishandling of Fukushima by the Japanese government. Even until a year after the filming, there had been very little that had been done by the government to compensate the Futaba residents for their losses. I hope things are better today for those residents.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

Well handled documentary about the displaced residents of Futaba in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan who can't return home due to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plants. Focuses a bit narrowly on too few residents, but good despite that.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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