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.
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86 min

a ball of fire.

Everyone calls it

a mushroom cloud.

But it wasn't a cloud.

lt was a pillar of fire.

A huge pillar of fire.

l woke up

and looked around.

l saw an incredible sight.

People with their

eyes hanging out.

People who were

completely burned.

Their skin was shredded

and hanging off

their bodies.

''Please help me,

please help me!''

they cried out.

People with no arms,

no legs,

their intestines

spilling out,

brains spilling out

of their crushed skulls.

And near ground zero,

there were black,

carbonized bodies

burned beyond


People in

unimaginable states.

So many dead.

One woman was

carrying a baby.

The baby

had no head.

l was so scared

The woman said,

''Give me water!''

l felt paralyzed.

What could l do?

l was 10 years old.

l had to take care

of my sister.

So l left the woman

and went to

help my sister.

At our orphanage,

there were a lot

of little babies

Most of them

died instantly,

crushed when

the building collapsed.

Although some were

alive for awhile,

they did not survive.

My sister

had passed out.

l tapped on her head

and yelled at her

until she came to.

She started crying

for our mother.

Mommy, help us!

Mommy, help us!

We huddled together,

calling ''Mommy!''

We cried for help,

but no one came.

From under the rubble,

my father cried for help.

My sister was already dead.

She was crushed to death

when the house collapsed.

My little brother

was trapped

under the house.

Flames swallowed

our house.

My little brother

was screaming,

''Mother! lt's hot!

lt's so hot!''

You could hear him

as he died.

My mother told my brother,

''l will die with you.''


a neighbor came by

and pulled her away.

He said, ''Please,

Mrs. Nakazawa,

you can't die with them!''

We walked out

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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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