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Nuclear Nation
ORIGINAL TITLE Nuclear Nation: The Fukishima Refugees Story
YEAR
2012
RUNNING TIME
145 min. Suggest trailer/video
COUNTRY
DIRECTOR Atsushi Funahashi
SCREENWRITER
COMPOSER Suzuki Haruyuki, Sakamoto Ryuichi
CINEMATOGRAPHER Funahashi Atsushi, Yamazaki Yutaka
CAST Documentary
STUDIO/PRODUCER BIG RIVER FILMS / DOCUMENTARY JAPAN
OFFICIAL WEB http://nuclearnation.jp/en/
GENRE Documentary | Disaster film
SYNOPSIS/PLOT On 11th March 2011, the tsunami sealed the fate of the town of Futaba in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima. A large part of the town was swallowed up by the sea. The following day, nuclear fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power station three kilometres away reached what still remained of it.
1,400 of Futabaís inhabitants were housed in a suburb of Tokyo, one of them in the tragic figure of the mayor whose town no longer exists. He desperately attempts to keep the community together, spread optimism, and to understand what happened. Once an enthusiastic advocate of atomic energy, he is now forced to experience how the victims are fobbed off with banalities, insubstantial apologies and directionless policies.
We experience such absurdities as a sparsely attended wrestling match aimed at lifting spirits as well as terrible moments such as a painfully hectic farewell ceremony in the devastated town, which can only be visited during a state sanctioned two hour window. In NUCLEAR NATION, Funahashi Atsushi shows great respect for those he comes into contact with, people whose lives have been put on hold suddenly and indefinitely.
PRO REVIEWS ----------------------------------------
"The film will force you to reassess all the arguments for and against nuclear power." (Stephen Holden: The New York Times)
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"This is a cautionary tale worth heeding. But the voices are valuable enough. (...) Rating: **** (out of five)" (Joshua Rothkopf: Time Out)
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"'Nuclear Nation' is likely to attract those who already oppose such power plants. But supporters should see it, too, if only to hear the oppositionís arguments. The film raises issues that arenít going away. (...) Rating: ***1/2 (out of four)" (Farran Smith Nehme: New York Post)
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