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Yunagi City, Sakura Country (2007)

Yûnagi no machi sakura no kuni (original title)
"Thirteen years afterward, I wonder if those who bombed Hiroshima are looking at me and saying: 'We did it. We were able to kill another person!' They should be," murmurs Minami (played by ... See full summary »

Director:

Kiyoshi Sasabe

Writers:

Fumiyo Kono (original comic), Kei Kunii (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rena Tanaka ... Nanami Ishikawa
Kumiko Asô ... Minami Hirano
Hisashi Yoshizawa Hisashi Yoshizawa ... Yutaka Uchikoshi - young
Noriko Nakagoshi Noriko Nakagoshi ... Toko Tone
Mitsunori Isaki Mitsunori Isaki ... Asahi Ishikawa - young
Yûta Kanai ... Nagio Ishikawa
Ryôsei Tayama ... Yutaka Uchikoshi - adult
Urara Awata Urara Awata ... Kyoka Ota
Shiho Fujimura ... Fujimi Hirano
Masaaki Sakai Masaaki Sakai ... Asahi Ishikawa - adult
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asami Katsura Asami Katsura
Rina Koike Rina Koike
Miyuki Komagata Miyuki Komagata
Miki Matsumoto Miki Matsumoto ... (as Jun Matsumoto)
Takayo Mimura Takayo Mimura
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"Thirteen years afterward, I wonder if those who bombed Hiroshima are looking at me and saying: 'We did it. We were able to kill another person!' They should be," murmurs Minami (played by Kumiko Aso), one of the two leading female characters in Yunagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni, as she lies dying in 1958, her life brought to a premature end by sickness resulting from her exposure to atomic bomb radiation.This is a story about those who at least initially survived the first U.S. atomic bombing of 1945 and their descendants in contemporary times. Nanami (Rena Tanaka), the leading female character in the contemporary part of the film, is the daughter of Minami's brother, Asahi (Masaaki Sakai), who had evacuated to Ibaraki Prefecture when Hiroshima was bombed. An ordinary 28-year-old, Nanami has no idea about her dad's past or the existence of her late aunts, but she finds out about them when she follows her father to Hiroshima one day, suspicious of his unusual behavior. Written by https://mydramalist.com/2893-yunagi-city-sakura-country

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Official Sites:

Art Port [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 July 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Yunagi City, Sakura Country See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,279,172
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not bad, but could be worse.
21 October 2009 | by srkooijmanSee all my reviews

Last year I was browsing through a store in Hiroshima and came across a manga called Yuunagi No Machi, Sakura no Kuni. I flipped through it and the story appealed to me. On the train ride home i read it and got my phone out for some additional info and found that this movie was made.

After seeing it I was first pleasantly surprised and then unpleasantly shocked.

While the first part stays pretty close to the written story, with excellent acting, good casting and a deep meaning and feeling (pro- Japan, anti-war etc) the second part was terrible. The book itself consists of three parts where "Town of Cherry Blossoms makes up 2 parts). The first part is mainly the "flashbacks" from the movie, playing baseball, giving her Nagio a cherry blossom shower etc. The second part is the "chase dad on his crazy hyjinx" part.

I found the second part of the movie quite bad, the casting was off, the acting was cheesy and the setting was odd (although accurate, having been there just a day earlier).

The 7 I gave this movie comes from a 9 for the first part, and a 5 from the second part.

I will not go in on the political message too much. I think it's fine, the comic book is even harsher, roughly translated they say "It's been 10 years. I wonder if the people who dropped the atomic bomb are pleased with themselves- Yes! Got another one!"

I think the movie raises a valid point about the American atrocities done to the Japanese people (hello Russia, this is Yankee doodle, look at what we got!).

As a final word, good movie, go get it. Buy the DVD and watch it.


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