- Original title
Kuroi ame (Black Rain)
- Running time
- 123 min.
Shôhei Imamura, Toshirô Ishidô (Novel: Masuji Ibuse)
Takashi Kawamata (B&W)
Hayashibara Group / Imamura Productions / Tohokashinsha Film Company Ltd
Drama | Nuclear Holocaust. II World War. Psychological Drama
- Synopsis / Plot
- The title refers to the radioactive fallout which descended upon ruined city of Hiroshima after the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Young bride-to-be Yoshiko Tanaka has the misfortune to be visiting Hiroshima on the day of the explosion. Incredibly, she is unhurt; she returns to her own village, across the bay from Hiroshima. Unfortunately, her townsmen have been profoundly affected by the "black rain"; over the next five years, the poison in their systems slowly but surely erodes their souls. In a tragic state of denial, Yoshiko's former friends insist that they can't be sick-it must be the girl who is bringing sickness to them. Now a pariah, Yoshiko's life is shattered as surely as if the bomb had disintegrated her upon impact. Director Shohei Imamaura, a onetime assistant to the great Ozu and the director of such Japanese classics as The Insect Woman and The Ballad of Narayama, never sensationalizes his material; the story is effective told in a muted, subdued fashion, allowing the horror to arise from the inner torment of the characters rather than being artificially imposed by camera trickery or "shock" cutting. Based on a novel by Masuji Ibuse, the black-and-white Black Rain won the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award, along with several other honors.
: Cannes Film Festival: Technical Prize. Nominated for Best Film
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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