White Light\Black Rain: The Destruction Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Synopsis: As global tensions rise, the unthinkable threat of nuclear war has become very real--and very frightening. Through the powerful recollections of the survivors of the atomic bombs that leveled two Japanese cities in 1945, this film presents a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first--and hopefully last--uses of thermonuclear weapons in war. Directed by Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki (1990's 'Days of Waiting'), 'White Light, Black Rain' provides a comprehensive, moving account of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the unique points of view of the people, both Japanese and American, who were there.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Steven Okazaki
Production: HBO
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
NOT RATED
Year:
2007
86 min
410 Views


for a possible attack

so we'd have

a place to hide.

l was 16 years old

at the time.

l worked at

the post office

sorting and

delivering the mail.

At that moment,

l was on my bicycle

about to deliver a letter.

When l woke up

that morning

l was already

late for work.

l had to get back

to the hospital.

l'd just arrived

at school.

and l realized

l'd forgotten my books.

At 8:
15, l'd just

arrived at school.

and l was changing

my shoes.

Since we were Catholic,

we were at church.

We had just

given confession.

My mother was on

the second floor

putting the laundry

on the clothes line.

Downstairs,

my older sister

was getting ready

for school.

My father was

also downstairs

reading the newspaper

before he went to work.

My little brother,

Susumu

was 4 years old.

He was sitting

by the front door

playing with

his toy boats.

We were eating and suddenly

we saw the flash!

Everything was

enveloped

in this enormous flash.

People talk about the flash

and the thunderous sound.

l didn't hear anything.

The light streamed in

and filled the room.

Suddenly,

we felt the blast

and were thrown

into the air.

We tumbled

hit the wall.

Then l passed out.

l was buried

under the house

and knocked unconscious.

The heat blast

knocked me down.

l flew through

the house.

l knew l was

flying because

l could see the floor

moving below me.

l flew 150 feet,

past a field, over a road

and into a rice field.

My mind was blank.

The only thing

l knew was

l had to find

a safe place.

Those who saw

it up close,

they all died.

Few people saw it as l did

from a safe distance.

Out of nowhere,

a bright red circle

of fire formed.

A ring.

A white cloud formed.

lt grew huge

and kept expanding

until it

touched the ring

and turned into

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Steven Okazaki

Steven Toll Okazaki (born March 12, 1952 in Venice, California) is an American filmmaker. He is Sansei Japanese American (3rd generation) and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has received a Peabody Award and been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning an Oscar for the documentary short subject, Days of Waiting: The Life & Art of Estelle Ishigo (1990). more…

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