Black Rain 1989

Black Rain 1989

Directed byShōhei Imamura
Written byShōhei ImamuraToshirō Ishido
Based onBlack Rain
by Masuji Ibuse
Produced byHisashi Iino
StarringYoshiko TanakaKazuo Kitamura
CinematographyTakashi Kawamata
Edited byHajime Okayasu
Music byTōru Takemitsu
Hayashibara GroupImamura Productions
Distributed byToei
Release date13 May 1989 (Japan)[1][2]
Running time123 minutes[1][2]
While there were a number of people who died immediately in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima either from the blast itself or injuries sustained from the explosion, there were a great amount of people who died afterwards from complications of radiation poisoning. Information on what radiation sickness was and the long term effects on an individual’s health were unknown, and so many people suffered in silence from a variety of ailments. These poor victims were known as hibakusha which loosely translated from Japanese means, “person affected by nuclear exposure”. These hibakusha were subjected to discrimination from their fellow Japanese due to their frail constitution and fear that their condition was contagious and/or hereditary.


In Black Rain (1989) we follow the tribulations of three hibakusha who survived the bombing of Hiroshima but unfortunately were exposed to large amounts of radiation while making their way through the devastated city. Yasko (Yoshiko Tanaka) is a young woman who was caught out in the “black rain” which is rain saturated with the fallout from the blast. Her aunt and uncle (who were also exposed) take her under their care and the main narrative of the film is about their efforts to arrange a marriage for Yasko. Due to her status as a hibakusha, parents are unwilling to consider her proposals.

Status: Completed
Episode: Movie
Source: BD-Rip
Resulation: 1280×688
Video codec: x264 (Hi10P)
Audio format: Japan AAC

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