(C)1952 Kindai Eiga Kyokai Co., Ltd.
Shindo’s acclaimed anti-war docudrama
A young teacher, Takako Ishikawa, travels back to post-war Hiroshima to visit her parents’ graves. As she walks through the picturesque city, she is confronted by illness and desperation, but also finds signs of recovery and optimism in the survivors. This heartfelt and lyrical docu-drama is based on journals written by children affected by the Hiroshima bombing incident in 1945.
Shindo was originally commissioned by the Japan Teacher’s Union to create a propaganda film against the US’s atrocities. Instead, he opted to craft a visually elegant story which expresses regret and optimism over indignation.
Film Format: 35mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.
In Japanese with English subtitles.