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Black Rain (1989)

Kuroi ame (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 February 1990 (USA)
The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Masuji Ibuse (novel), Shôhei Imamura | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshiko Tanaka Yoshiko Tanaka ... Yasuko
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Shigematsu Shizuma
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Shigeko Shizuma
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Shokichi
Norihei Miki ... Kotaro
Hisako Hara Hisako Hara ... Kin
Keisuke Ishida Keisuke Ishida ... Yuichi
Masato Yamada Masato Yamada ... Tatsu
Tamaki Sawa Tamaki Sawa ... Woman in Ikemoto-ya
Akiji Kobayashi ... Katayama
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Old Woman with white flag
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ... Aono
Mayumi Tateichi Mayumi Tateichi ... Fumiko of Ikemoto-ya
Toshie Kusunoki Toshie Kusunoki ... Kane
Reiko Nanao Reiko Nanao ... Rui
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Storyline

Mr and Mrs Shizuma, and their niece Yasuko, make their way through the ruins of Hiroshima, just after the atomic bomb has dropped. Five years later, Yasuko is living with her aunt and uncle, and her senile grandmother, in a village containing many of the bomb survivors. Yasuko does not appear to be affected by the bomb, but the Shizuma's are worried about her marriage prospects, as she could succumb to radiation sickness at any time. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Yoshinaga, Okayama, Japan See more »

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Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Yoshiko Tanaka, the cast were forbidden by the director to leave the village they were filming in to return to Tokyo, even if they had a day off, because Imamura did not wish for them to then return to the location having experienced again the comfort and ease present-day of city life. See more »

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Shigematsu Shizuma: "An unjust peace is better than a just war." It's important to note that this is said cynically.
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A sad human story set in larger political context
25 June 1999 | by freakusSee all my reviews

I didn't really concentrate on the larger Genocidal aspects of the story (although the horrific images at the beginning are very powerful). I was really taken with the human story of the girl and her family. Imagine living your life not knowing if you have a time bomb ticking away inside you. I was really wrenching to see Yasuko being rejected as "tainted" by the bomb. The image that stays with me most is when Yasuko stands before the mirror combing her hair, silently watching it come out in clumps.


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