AUTHORBroderick, Mick, Ed.
TITLEHibakusha Cinema: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Nuclear Image in Japanese Film
PUBLISHERKegan Paul International
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1996
ISBN071030529X


This compilation of essays by Japanese and western authors examines how the atomic bomb has affected Japanese cinema. The introduction gives a brief description of prior film criticism of atomic themes in Japanese cinema, and an overview of the essays. The essays discuss animated films with nuclear themes, censorship, and specific movies such as Godzilla, Dreams, Rhapsody in August, Akira, and Black Rain. One essay discusses Japanese filmmakers who risked imprisonment to document the atomic bombings. Others treat directors whose films repeatedly emphasized nuclear themes, including Shindo Kineto and Akira Kurosawa.


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