Hiroshima

Synopsis: Landmark dramadoc telling the story of the atomic bomb and its impact on the people of Hiroshima. The film mixes testimony, archive, CGI and full-scale reconstruction to communicate the detailed content and context of this terrible event. Screened in 30 other countries around the world on the 60th anniversary.
Director(s): Paul Wilmshurst
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Year:
2005
90 min
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This is the story of the first ever

use of a weapon of mass destruction

Very recently the weapon we are about to

deliver was successfully tested in the States.

We've received orders

to drop it on the enemy.

It is the most destructive

weapon ever produced.

The target was an empire

with its own secret weapon...

...the suicide bomber.

I trained myself

that I could die at any time.

On the 6th August 1945,

a bomb unlike any other

fell from the skies above Hiroshima.

The bomb was designed by

some of the world's finest scientists.

Using it was one of the most

momentous decisions ever made.

Soldiers and sailors are the target,

not women and children.

This is the story of the Aircrew who

flew the mission, and dropped the bomb.

I'm not thinking about the people

who got killed or hurt,

I'm thinking about the ones

that did not get killed or hurt.

And it's the story

of the people of Hiroshima

who were the first ever

victims of a nuclear attack.

When something as devastating as

a nuclear weapon is used,

people are powerless,

just like ants, or insects.

The entire city of Hiroshima

was annihilated in just a few seconds.

The bomb helped bring

the Second World War to an end,

and it marked the beginning of

a new chapter in Human History.

July 14th 1945.

At the top-secret research

facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico,

a heavily armed convoy

was loaded with parts for a new kind of bomb.

This was the start of ajourney

that would end in Hiroshima.

This bomb was the product

of three years' research,

and had cost $2 billion to develop.

But at this stage,

the technology was still completely untested.

Two days later,

there was a chance to find out.

In the desert of New Mexico,

the scientists and soldiers

of the Manhattan Project

gathered for the first ever

test explosion of an atomic bomb.

A hundred to one,

we crack the earth's crust,

and destroy the whole world.

Fifty to one we ignite the atmosphere,

and only destroy New Mexico.

Someone shut Thirmy up,

he's frightening the MPs.

Ten to one it fizzles out.

If that weapon fizzles out,

each of you can look forward

to a lifetime testifying in front of

Congressional Investigation Committees!

Six, five, four, three, two, one, zero.

The explosion vaporised the stainless

steel tower holding the bomb.

The intense heat

melted the desert sand,

leaving an area of glass.

The force of the

explosion was estimated

to be the equivalent of

67 million sticks of dynamite.

The bomb had originally been

intended for use against Nazi Germany,

but its backers now

had another target in mind.

- I'm very proud of you!

- Thank you.

Well done.

The war's over, General.

Yep! As soon as we've dropped

a few of these things on Japan!

Good work.

For Scientific Director,

Robert Oppenheimer,

it was a moment of terrible truth.

Now I am become Death,

the destroyer of worlds.

By July 1945,

the war in Europe was over.

Nazi Germany was defeated.

But in the Pacific,

the war against Japan was raging on.

After the surprise attack

on Pearl Harbor,

American forces had fought

their way back across the Pacific,

island by island,

with savage hand-to-hand fighting.

But Japan's main armies

were still intact, and undefeated.

The Americans had tried firebombing

the Japanese into submission.

City after city was reduced to rubble,

but still the Japanese

refused to surrender.

So the Allies now faced

the prospect of a full-scale invasion.

With some estimates putting their losses

as high as a million casualties,

and many more Japanese.

In Japan, at the time,

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Paul Wilmshurst

Paul Wilmshurst is a British television director. He has worked on three seasons of the Sky/Cinemax action-adventure series Strike Back and directed on the first series of David S. Goyer's historical fantasy series Da Vinci's Demons for StarZ and BBC America. He has received an International Emmy Award and two BAFTA nominations. more…

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