I think this should be made a required viewing at schools around the world. Such a powerful movie. BW photography is amazing in this one. This movie feels like a very old movie, but it was made rather recently (1989). I think I thought that way because it has all the elements of a classic cinema.
Bleak, depressing, horrifying, Shohei Imamura's Black Rain is the definitive film about the nuclear fallout of Hiroshima. Following one family over the years as they deal with the effects of radiation it never looses its quiet power, and Imamura's black and white imagery is nothing short of stunning. My first encounter with his work and I look forward to seeing a lot more.
I don't understand why more of the better known critics didn't list this with the best DVDs of 2009. The deleted ending, filmed in color, is one of the most eye opening endings. I also read Ibuse's novel, and Imamura only took a small part, and created the rest of the narrative. In the novel, Yoshiko, is not the main character. The original ending by Imamura is look at how Hiroshima has been remembered.
Magistral cinta de Shohei Imamura, en donde el cineasta, tomando como punto de partida las viscisitudes de una familia japonesa despues del bombardeo nuclear sobre Hiroshima, pasa revista a algunas de las aterradoras consecuencias que trajó consigo este crimen contra la humanidad para / con el pueblo japonés. El resultado es tan dramatico como espeluznante. De lo mejor del director.