This heartfelt and lyrical docudrama is based on journals written by children affected by the Hiroshima bombing incident in 1945. Shindô was originally commissioned by the Japan Teacher’s Union to create a propaganda film against the US’s atrocities. Instead, he opted to craft a visually elegant story which expresses regret and optimism over indignation.
Children of Hiroshima is screened as part of a free program of classic Japanese films from the Japan Foundation’s collection, this year focusing on the cinema of Kaneto Shindô and Tadashi Imai.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Children of Hiroshima
A young teacher, Takako Ishikawa, travels back to post-war Hiroshima to visit her parents’ graves. As she walks through the picturesque city, she is confronted by illness and desperation, but also finds signs of recovery and optimism in the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing.