Very restrained and moving film of the consequences of the Hiroshima bombing, from a director, Kaneto Shindo, who was a native of that city. Nobuko Otowa, one of Japan's most underrated actresses, gives a typically fine, intelligent performance as a teacher returning to the city who meets several victims. A devastating indictment of war, directed towards both sides.
I consider this as one of the most important movies of all time. It's beautiful shot. All those technical things are superior, including acting. The fact this was released only 7 years after the actual bombing makes this so special. The last 30 minutes is so affecting & heart-wrenching. It's a gift to us all that director Shindo Kaneto, 99-year-old, is still active making movies. Not jut movies. Wonderful movies.
Feels almost documentary with some of Takako's visits upon the afflicted denizens of Hiroshima, a bit surreal with that one scene of the bomb dropping (quite startling), most tragic of that scene at the church, and the fear of the sound of planes flying overhead impresses to the audience the impact of nuclear trauma upon these people. Compare with Kurosawa's "I Live in Fear" and Imamura's "Black Rain."