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BLACK RAIN

Japan, 1989 (MIFF 2007, Shohei Imamura)

Director: Shohei Imamura

BLACK RAIN

“Only the Japanese - perhaps only Imamura - could have made a film in which the bomb at Hiroshima is simply the starting point for an unforgiving critique of Japanese society itself.” - Chicago Sun-Times Everyone now knows what happened on the morning of 6 August 1945 in Hiroshima, which makes the everyday comings and goings of the locals at the beginning of Black Rain all the more unsettling. Following three hibakusha (bomb victims) living under the deathly shroud of radiation, Shohei Imamura elucidates the drawn out suffering that not only leads them to an inevitable end but ostracises them from the rest of society. Winner of a colossal nine trophies at the Awards of the Japanese Academy. “The film's measured beauty is overwhelming.” - Washington Post

D Shohei Imamura P Hisao Iino S Shohei Imamura, Toshirô Ishido WS Shochiku Co. Ltd L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1989/123mins

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