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11 Ratings

Nuclear Nation

Futaba kara tooku hanarete

Directed by Atsushi Funahashi
Japan, 2012


On 11th March 2011, the tsunami sealed the fate of the town of Futaba in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima. A large part of the town was swallowed up by the sea. The following day, nuclear fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power station 3km away reached what still remained of it.

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Nuclear Nation Directed by Atsushi Funahashi
Few films have opening images more chilling than the ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, or more bleak than the last 10 minutes of "Nuclear Nation…
December 12, 2013
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The title Nuclear Nation is something of a misnomer, at least for the American-release cut of the film, which is almost 50 minutes shorter than the original version. There are intimations of wide-scale wrongdoing, but, for the most part, the movie takes an eye-level approach to the disaster, focusing on the experiences of ordinary people living in makeshift shelters and public housing, lining up for food, and returning to their homes in hazmat suits.
December 11, 2013
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Employing straightforward, music-free aesthetics that express the grim realities of his story, director Funahashi captures both grief and outrage in equal measure, all of it tinged with the displaced and desolate citizens’ regret over having predicated their fates on the very energy-source technology that cost them so much during WWII.
December 11, 2013
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