Black Rain (1989) film thoughts… Finally was able to see this extremely bleak film about the A-bomb attack on Hiroshima and it’s after effects on a small group of villagers from the area. The main focus is on an older couple who were exposed to blast (“the flash”) itself and their niece who was much further away but had the “black rain” (see link below for more info) fall on her. The film goes back and forth from the day of the bomb and 5 years where we see the people dealing with the effects of exposure. It also shows how people still tried to cling on to the old way of Japanese life, refusing to see that life has changed forever.

The director, Shohei Imamura, who sadly I am not familiar with, shot this “modern” film in the style of one from the 1940’s. The film is black and white, faded out and has a softer look. He doesn’t shy away from the horror of the atomic bomb. The scenes during the immediate aftermath are horrific and makes you wonder how the hell they got through this. Black Rain has a bleak and expected ending. Definitely seek this film out if you haven’t already.

Never again.


Shohei Imamura

Black Rain and Radioactivity


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