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'Children of Hiroshima' Debut in U.S.


Society & Culture  (tags: atomic bomb, Children of Hiroshima, NY, horror, Genbaku no Ko, Kaneto Shindo )

Naoko
- 2981 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
NEW YORK - Director Kaneto Shido's internationally acclaimed film depicting the horrors of of the atomic bomb, "Children of Hiroshima," made its U.S. premiere Friday at a theater in New York.



   

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Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 7:27 pm

OMG, Naoko!

I sincerely hope that EVERY worldwide citizen views this.

(And I am profoundly ashamed of the participation of my own country in this horrific act.)

Japanese Survivors Shaded by Puzzlement and Sorrow  [Excerpt]
 
Takako returns to her hometown four years after the bombing, having spent the intervening years in rustic exile in an island fishing village. The rough simplicity of existence there stands in pointed contrast to the complicated, self-conscious, class-divided urban life she once knew. On her return she finds illness and desperation, but also signs of hope and recovery, a combination epitomized by an old friend, rendered infertile by radiation and married to a man she considers her social inferior, who plans to adopt an orphan. Another young woman is preparing for marriage, in spite of her still-raw grief at the death of her beloved brother during the war.
 
“Children of Hiroshima,” commissioned by the Japan Teachers Union and based on a compilation of testimonies by a university professor, Arata Osada, combines documentary naturalism with lyrical and frankly sentimental passages. The bombing is recalled through a horrific, surreal montage that anticipates some of the wild imagery Mr. Shindo would bring to later, horror-inflected movies like “Onibaba” (1964) and “Kuroneko” (1968). But the overall tone is heartfelt and determined, as Takako, visiting the small handful of her former kindergarten students who survived, encounters both unbearable sadness and fragile optimism.
 
But at the same time the film’s widescreen views of sea, sky and human faces, set to Hikaru Hayashi’s exquisitely plaintive score, transcend narrow conceptions of social responsibility. Mr. Shindo’s world is sad and inspiring in familiar ways, but what makes it so memorable is that it is also gorgeous and strange.
 
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 7:44 pm

Before anyone condones war, they should view this horror as if they were the nation attacked.

 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 9:11 pm
Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates. Let the strivings of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war.
Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Peace Prize

“What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference, selfish brutality on the part of the superior.”
Florence Nightingale British Nurse and Humanitarian 1820 - 1910

WAR DOESN'T DETERMINE WHO IS RIGHT, WAR DETERMINES WHO IS LEFT.
Bertrand Russell 1872-1970 English Philosopher, author
1950 Nobel Prize winner in literature

I know the history books, ours, claim that more lives would of been lost on both sides had the bomb not been dropped. Perhaps so. History is what it is, we may never know if that would be true. I just know that all of the citizens of the world for the most part want Peace, yet generation after generation we have wars, that are started and controlled by a few.

I think that until the Human race evolves beyond the place it is, that war will continue unfortunately. That is if it gets to evolve without destroying itself first in the many ways that humans dream up destruction. As with so many things that the foolish, careless, thoughtless, and heartless adults do in the world, the children always suffer for it.

That chapter in our history for both Countries leaves much saddness and great pain. Healing prayers to all.
 

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 9:15 pm
We are reminded that "all's fair in love and war" may not have ever been true but Americans bought it hook, line, and sinker. Overkill is one word for it. Shameful action taken regretfully to end the war quickly with disregard for long-lasting results. It wouldn't be so sad if we had learned something from this event in history. We obviously have not learned and continue to devastate other societies without regard for their needs. We are not the saviors we have been brainwashed to believe we are and have always been. No matter how much the American people, as individuals, show compassion across the globe, our government has chosen to invade Iraq without reason and stay in Afghanistan without invitation. Shame on us.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 9:22 pm

Self-congratulatory symantics used to "forgive" indiscriminate carnage and historical examples of conscienceless inhumanity will never comfort the victims, nor the generations that survive the aftermath . . . any more than a term like "manifest destiny" excuses the injustices visited upon Native Americans (and all other indigenous peoples).

I, for one, would prefer humanity, and NO excuses for the lack of it.

 

chris b (2474)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 11:47 pm
Those that justify wholesale carnage and destruction as a foreign policy never cease to amaze me by their deliberate indifference to the effect on the innocent people, animals, and environment that their "shock and awe" is gifted to!
 

Naoko i (257)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 12:07 am
Thanks Just, Dandelion and Caitlin for excellent comments. While I strongly believe that the atomic-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were NOT neccessary (especially the attack on Nagasaki is not justified by the claim of it having brought the end of war. Hiroshima was more than enough), I am ashamed as a Japanese for my country's brutal and cruel actions against neighboring Asian countries. Ordinary people, otherwise good fathers, kind shopkeepers, hardworking farmers, etc., became inhuman and heartless in the battlefields. There's no such thing like "just war."
 

Mike S (86)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 2:57 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Carole.
 

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 4:07 am
Thanks for this important post Naoko.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 6:01 am
How do we stop the monsters?
 

(0)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 6:44 am
We never learn. Thanks Carole.
 

Barbara D (70)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 1:50 pm
Everyone in Congress, and the White House, should be required to see this before they decide "on our behalf" to continue these stupid military campaigns.
 

Pat B (356)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 2:29 pm
I cannot say anything that reflects the pain I feel for our past (and current) history, re: the atrocities of war. Well written comments above. Thank you Ladies for sending me this.

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. ~Albert Einstein

All the arms we need are for hugging. ~Author Unknown
 

Evelyn Z (300)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 9:29 pm
Noted
 

Mary P (157)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 11:34 pm
Thanks Naoko and Just for forwarding. My heart bleeds, at all the sufferings,
Innocent people of the world, have to endure, because of the sins of others;
And to EXPAND the EMPIRES of the Elite Few in the American Government.
When will All this Bloodshed and Masssacres of innocent people STOP???

I wish I had a Magic Wand to wave away all this enslavery to Greed, Power and
Hatred imbued in these Elite Few.

They are the Ones responsible for this carnage!!!
They are the Ones, who, are Never satisfied with what they already have!!!
They are the Ones, who Own Craporations all over the World, causing the closure of local stores!!!
They are the Ones , who invent such murderous war machines!!!
They are the Ones, to whom Life of another human being is, valueless and cheap!!!
They are the Ones, who Kill their Own People and scrupulously BLAME it on another,
To start a WAR!!!
They are the Ones, who, Never heard of the word, ' Enough'; the more they get, the more
They want!!!
They are the Ones who, believe in Divide And Rule!!!
They are the Ones love to spread Hatred, Lies and False Accusations to Distract
The Masses, away from their own evil actions!!!
They are the Ones, who are DEVOID of all compassion and love for fellow human beings!!!

Sorry folks; I could just go on and on. Its time to remove this 'Cancer of Craporations'!!!
The Radiation Treatment, to STOP this dangerous CRAPORATION CANCERS is called
BOYCOTT!!! Stop this Cancer before it attacks and kill us all off!!!

BTW, the Inventor of this well fitting and appropriate word 'CRAPORATIONs,' is my very good Friend
Wooddragon.
 

. (0)
Monday April 25, 2011, 12:56 pm
Interesting films to witness the lunacy of nuclear war.
 

Glenda J (158)
Monday April 25, 2011, 2:35 pm
Thanks for sharing
 

Michael Carney (217)
Monday April 25, 2011, 10:57 pm
When we don't learn, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes...Let's hope we;ve learned, but then I hear the war drums, beating in Congress, so who knows? All I remember is a couple of years ago, I saw a movie on HBO, about the survivors of the two bombs dropped at the end of WWII, and it made me sick...I pray that this never happens again, I also pray that we get rid of nuclear power before something even worse, than what happened in Japan recently....Man is his own worse enemy...
 

Danielle Herie (2)
Tuesday April 26, 2011, 6:21 am
THANK YOU
 

Cindy Black (61)
Tuesday April 26, 2011, 4:24 pm
Thank you, Just Carole, Dandelion, Mary (et al).... I could not agree with you more, nor improve upon your passionate words.

The "Royal Wedding" is in a couple days (don't know exactly when)... and the WHOLE FREAKIN WORLD's going absolutely loony. The dress! The decorations! The guests! Worldwide news media! People have bet MILLIONS OF POUNDS on minutinae such as whether or not "x" will nod off during the service. MILLIONS OF POUNDS spent just on security, nevermind everything else! And why? So two very attractive, very rich, very privileged young people can "tie the knot." They are rare beluga cavier; we are catfood; and despite the fact that they neither know nor care to know any of us, even WITNESSING their marriage on TV will somehow magically elevate our poor pathetic lives to a higher level...

People are simply UTTERLY ENAMOURED of wealth, ease, beauty and privilege.

Meanwhile, children starve to death and die in droves by our bombs and guns... displaced families squat in the dirt in pain and despair, battered by the elements, nothing to eat or drink.... HORRIBLE SUFFERING, due in large part to our selfish, violent, invalid, military incursions into their countries -- incursions which are not only thankless but which reliably make things worse!!!!

Americans, and people everywhere of good conscience, should be screaming in the streets. Their anger should know no bounds. But there is no anger, no screaming, no indignation, no uniting for the cause. No, people would much rather speculate on whether Kate's hair is gonna be "up" or (gasp!) "down" for the wedding. Because, you know, thinking about war and poverty and suffering is just so.... so doggone depressing, isn't it.

 

Ron Avila (20)
Tuesday April 26, 2011, 10:08 pm
Everyone needs to see this film
 

Bracha Katz (31)
Wednesday April 27, 2011, 1:47 am
Now their grandchildren are suffering from radiation again, so sad. Thanks Naoko
 

Koty Lapid (982)
Monday May 9, 2011, 8:30 am
thanks for posting it
 

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday May 11, 2011, 9:35 pm
noted with thanks..
 
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