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Documentary with dramatic reenactments with actors to describe what dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was like.


Paul Wilmshurst


Paul Wilmshurst
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Shuntaro Hida Shuntaro Hida ... Himself - Hiroshima Survivor
George Elsey George Elsey ... Himself - Military Advisor
Paul Tibbets Paul Tibbets ... Himself - Pilot, Enola Gay
Theodore Van Kirk Theodore Van Kirk ... Himself - Navigator, Enola Gay
Akiko Takakura Akiko Takakura ... Herself - Hiroshima Survivor
Fred Ashworth Fred Ashworth ... Himself - Weaponeer, Bockscar
Russell Gackenback Russell Gackenback ... Himself - Navigator, Necessary Evil
Morris Jeppson Morris Jeppson ... Himself - Weapons Test Officer
Teruko Fujii Teruko Fujii ... Herself - Survivor
Kinuko Laskey Kinuko Laskey ... Herself - Hiroshima Survivor
Takashi Tanemori Takashi Tanemori ... Himself - Hiroshima Survivor
Shigeru Terasawa Shigeru Terasawa ... Himself - Hiroshima Witness
Noboru Akima Noboru Akima ... General Anami (as Noburu Akima)
George Anton George Anton ... Parsons


Landmark dramadoc telling the story of the atomic bomb and its impact on the people of Hiroshima. The film mixes testimony, archive, CGI and full-scale reconstruction to communicate the detailed content and context of this terrible event. Screened in 30 other countries around the world on the 60th anniversary. Written by Anonymous

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the fireballs/mushroom clouds shown in the detonation sequence is from the Upshot-Knothole Grable nuclear artillery test, conducted by the US in 1953. See more »


At 47 minutes approx, when A bomb explodes on Hiroshima its sound is heard simultaneously with radiation and fireball (That was a physical mistake or just a "dramatic license"?); approx three minutes later some guy mentions that expansive wave travels at less speed with sound. See more »

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Sadly, this film misses the mark.
22 October 2013 | by dauphindaveSee all my reviews

The makers of this film had the opportunity to tell the story of this tragic event in history. Instead, it is another attempt to ignore the truth and try to justify the killing of tens of thousands of innocent civilians. There is not enough room here to outline all the misinformation in the film. The key point would be the American government's ignoring the Japanese attempt to surrender in the month before the bombs were dropped. The bomb was developed in order to attack the Germans. When the Germans surrendered before the bomb was ready, well, it had to be used to justify the 2 billion dollars spent. A sad and tragic story, and this film tries to justify the first use of weapons of mass destruction.

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