The atom bomb that detonated over Hiroshima killed thousands of people not only on the stroke but in many years to come with the radioactive black rain that followed the blast. Deprived of hope and joy of life, the radiation sickness patients wait for death.
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An immensely moving, gorgeously photographed film on the collective trauma of the Bomb's aftermath. Treatise on collective memory and the resourcefulness to come to terms (but also to comprehend) the incomprehensible, Imamura's masterpiece mingles ingeniously humor, sensuality (and love of the body) with tragedy, coupled to the metaphysics of the disclosure of Being (here a royal carp). Compelling viewing!
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.
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.
Master film-maker Shohei Imamura's award winning study of Hiroshima and the aftermath of the bombing. Disturbing, moving, and poetic, like much of the director's filmography, aggressive violence has far reaching and devastating repercussions.
Black Rain follows a family in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. While a little goofy in places, because it is Imamura and the 80s after all. It is mostly horrifying and represents a hell on earth that only a few hundred thousand unfortunate souls got to experience. The style is intentionally dated and could pass as a 50s film.
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.