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Barefoot Gen (1983)

Director: Masaru Mori, Masaru Mori
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Anime Feature Films, Animation, Cel, War
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by artist Keiji Nakazawa, Barefoot Gen is an animated drama about a family's struggle to survive in Japan during the waning days of World War II. The family's patriarch has run afoul of the local government due to his opposition to the war. The government begins to deprive the family of life's little luxuries, and its necessities. The hardships they suffer through are put into perspective by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by Allied forces. The family's six-year-old son, Gen, who has lived with the reality of the war nearly his entire life, provides the center of this animated drama. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Should be required veiwing by LupinThe3rd July 18, 2008 - 9:29 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I was shown this anime in my public highschool history class. This anime contains some of the most disturbing animation I've ever seen, and it scares me even more when I learned it is accurate to a real atomic bomb attack.

Many times in the film you see things not explained, but that were reported by the survivors: the ants fleeing the city before the attack, the horse running down a street on fire, terrible affects of radiation poisioning.

We were grateful our teacher had shared with us the true meaning of the carnage that an atomic bomb carries. This should be required veiwing for everyone.

The best anime for grownups. by larbeck March 17, 2003 - 5:44 PM PST
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
I was all ready on the road to utter otaku-ism when I saw this great, great anime at the last independent theater here in Austin, Texas some years ago. This is the one anime I alway recommend to anyone who is an adult and who has never seen an anime. A sad, serious, yet also inspiring tale. Drawn from the film maker own life as child surviving the first time a nuclear weapon was ever used in battle. Highly recommended - but please dear God, not for children. It is too real and the world can be a horrible, horrible place.

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