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
451 Views


His body was

completely burned.

His skin was shredded

and falling off.

l couldn't believe

it was my brother.

We used a wooden door

for a stretcher

and looked for help.

My mother tried

to comfort him.

My brother

was fortunate because

he got to hear

my mother's voice

before he went

to heaven.

l found the bones

of two people--

my mother

and my grandmother.

Also, my older sister.

My older brother disappeared.

My other brother too.

My little brother

and a little sister

and one more brother.

l'm the only one who lived.

We were all Catholics.

Ours was the biggest

Christian church in Asia.

How could they

drop the bomb on us?

lf there's a God...

lt was difficult

to identify the bodies.

As we searched,

we cried, ''Mommy!''

l saw two burnt bodies,

not too far away.

l saw that one of the bodies

had holes where

the eyes should be

and one gold tooth.

My mother had one gold tooth,

so l knew it was her.

''Hurry, l found her!''

l yelled to my sister

My sister said,

''l'm too scared!''

l said, ''Come here now!''

So my sister ran over

Together we looked

at the body

We reached out

and said, ''Mommy!''

Before our eyes,

it crumbled into ashes

This happened 60 years ago.

But l'll never forget it.

''Mommy!''

The only things that moved

in Hiroshima were the flies

circling over the dead.

A godforsaken place

covered with dead bodies.

At first, you feel

completely overwhelmed.

Then you become numb

and you can't feel anything.

One after another,

they died.

At first,

hardly anyone survived.

We needed to make room

for those who could

be saved.

l walked among

all the dead bodies

looking for someone

who was alive.

Our faces were swollen

and bandaged.

No one could recognize me.

My mother was looking for me

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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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