Black Rain

Black Rain

Director: Shohei Imamura Cast: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White / Mono)

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The title refers to the radioactive fallout which descended upon the 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 effectively 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/1998
UPC: 0014381430523
Original Release: 1989
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 2:03:00

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Scene Index

1. Main Title.
2. Black Rain.
3. Hell on Earth.
4. Fukuyama, May 1950.
5. Happy-Go-Lucky People.
6. A Heart Full of Pain.
7. Three Sutras.
8. Looking for Love.
9. Ashes to Ashes.
10. The Truth.
11. Casualties of War.
12. Faces of Death.
13. An Unexpected Suitor.
14. Slipping Away.
15. Running Through the Rainbows.
16. End Credits.

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