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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

onto the playground

lt was a sea of fire.

All Hiroshima was burning.

There was no escape,

except to the river.

The flames were

jumping at us

so l put my head


The river was full

of dead bodies.

We stayed there

and watched

the city burn.

When the hysteria

died down,

l realized my skin

was dangling

off my arm

and the clothes on

my back were gone.

l said, ''l'm burned''

With all my might

l tried to get up,

but l couldn't stand,

much less walk.

Someone carried me

on his back

and laid me down

under a tree.

All around me,

people were dying.

They told us their names.

and asked us to

contact their families.

Then they asked

for water

and they died.

The children were crying.

Even though their

parents were dead,

they still cried

for their mothers


please give me water!''

Then they'd fall over

and suddenly

they were silent.

That's how l killed

two people.

l gave them water

and they died.

You can't drink

it that fast

when you're completely


The body gives out.

But l didn't know that.

As l was getting the water,

black rain started falling.

lt covered everything,

turning everything black.

Of course, we didn't know

it was radioactive.

l wanted water

so badly,

but l couldn't speak.

When night came,

it drizzled.

So l licked the water

off the tree and fell asleep.

The next morning,

there was no one alive

around me.

Back then,

during the war,

we had water tanks

for putting out fires.

One after another,

people piled in

to escape the fire.

The tanks were

stuffed with bodies.

l can't describe

what l witnessed.

l don't have the words.

lt's like,

when you burn

a fish on the grill.

That's what they

looked like

to me, as a child.

The boy's face

was swollen.

His eyes were gone.

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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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