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The Last Atomic Bomb

Survivors remember

Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Social Issues, History, and Foreign Worlds
Synopsis

"It's impossible to remain detached...Deeply affecting..." —New York Times

Challenging assumptions, nuclear proliferation of today is seen through the devastating yet inspirational life of Nagasaki survivor Sakue Shimohira — joined by college students — dedicated to making sure the truth about the last atomic bomb deliberately used on human beings will never be forgotten.

It challenges the widely held U.S. assumption that dropping the bomb on Nagasaki was essential to end World War II. The provocative arguments about that decision have never been part of a U.S. documentary.

In one of the film’s most powerful moments Sakue describes her sister’s suicide ten years after the war ended as "the courage to die." Ms. Shimohira, the survivor, found "the courage to live" and dedicate her life to abolishing nuclear weapons.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
92 minutes

Credits

  • Robert Richter ... Producer, Director
  • Kathleen Sullivan ... P:roducer
  • Alan Jacobsen ... Cinematographer
  • Shinpei Takeda ... Interpreter

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Richter Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2005
Locations
Nagasaki

Distribution Details

Release year
2005
Festivals
San Diego Asian, Sao Paolo Intl, Film Festival; , Goais (Brazil) Intl; Planet in Focus (Toronto), Global Peace (Orlando), NY Peace (opening night film), Turkey, Italy, UK, Japan, Germany India.
Awards
Best Documentary; Audience Award for Best Documentary; Press Award; CINE Golden Eagle
Distribution
Nagasaki 60th year commemorations, UN in NY & Geneva, intl nuclear disarmament conferences, u niversities
Language
English, Japanese
Subtitles
English Subtitles

Photos

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