White Light, Black Rain

White Light, Black Rain

The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

DVD - 2007
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In August 1945, the world was transformed in the blink of an eye when American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. The destruction was unprecedented and the bombings precipitated the end of World War II. Contains archival footage and stunning photography. Interviews are from both Japanese survivors and the Americans who believed that their involvement would help end a brutal conflict.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video, c2007
ISBN: 9780783156552
Branch Call Number: DVD WHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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May 26, 2015

For me to say that this documentary called "White Light, Black Rain" was an extremely sobering experience would truly be an understatement like no other.

To think that America (as a united nation), egged on by their hypocritical president, Harry Truman, so righteously believed that dropping the atomic bomb on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945 was the only way to end the war has convinced me that that society of deluded people was, at the time, collectively, an even bigger and worse monster than was Adolf Hitler.

In "White Light, Black Rain" Japanese survivors of these twin atomic bomb blasts tell of their horrific experiences on those 2 fateful days in 1945. As well, American pilots and crew-members nervously smile while they whole-heartedly talk about doing their duty as obedient citizens, who knowingly took their part in instantly wiping out the lives of half a million people.

When the viewer is shown the hideous footage revealing the horrific results of what intense radiation exposure had on the unsuspecting Japanese people, they will surely be left aghast at what America so guiltlessly did to these people.

All-in-all - "White Light, Black Rain" is a real eye-opener for anyone who wants to face the horrendous reality of how the Americans ended WW2, while smugly patting themselves on the back and boasting about this ultimate feat of destructive power.

Feb 06, 2015

Steven Okazaki’s documentary on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is resolutely apolitical, concentrating instead on the recollections of everyday civilians who witnessed the horrors of atomic warfare firsthand and lived to tell about it. Now in their 60’s and beyond, these survivors bear the obvious physical scars of their ordeal, but it is the deeper wounds, both spiritual and psychological, that still seem to generate the most pain. You can only listen in silence as they tell their various stories such as the two children who watched their mother’s incinerated corpse crumble to dust, or the young girl who escaped the raging fires by wading into a river choked with burned bodies. Okazaki supplements the interviews by showing newsreel footage of the bombs’ aftermath as well as nightmarish drawings made by the victims themselves as they tried to express their memories on paper. It is interesting to note that none of them show any animosity towards the United States. Their anger is aimed instead at the Japanese government which ignored them, and their fellow citizens who shunned them. Many of them continue to feel as if they are outsiders, forgotten by the younger generations and politely ignored by everyone else. Sad, insightful, and completely captivating.

Sep 24, 2012

This is a documentary consisting of many interviews of the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing in August of 1945. Pretty scary stuff and you wonder how these people survived and have lived so long after the damage done to them by the A-bombs. As an anti-war, anti-nuclear film it is not as powerful as the B&W film, Black Rain. Worth watching as a history lesson, though.


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