The story is excellent, the animation effective, but the lack of in-between frames is intrusive in spots. For the full story, read the graphic novels. They provide an even more effective tale.As with Nosaka’s “Grave of the Fireflies,” Gen deals with a Japanese youth in the waning days of WW II. The first 30 minutes shows him to be typical for his stage of life, swinging between a self-centered boy and an adult. He is suddenly thrust into the position of head of the family after the Hiroshima bomb kills his father, brother, and sister, and destroys the city. The remainder of the movie deals with his transformation into an adult, with adult sensibilities and adult responsibilities.Gen is clearly a Japanese story – the author, Nakazawa, lived through the event as a child. But the story could have taken place in Dresden or London just as easily. Although the atomic bomb is the event the movie revolves around, the story is really about the people – the children – and the effect the event has on their lives.It’s too bad that so much of the books had to be sacrificed to the time limits of a film. The novels delve much more deeply into the cruel society that Japan was in the 1940s. For example, much more was made of the neighbor’s Korean background in the book; in the movie, you wouldn’t realize the ethnicity if you didn’t think about the name.As a conventional film, Gen would probably be too honest to find real appeal in the U.S. Worse, the animation format will probably dissuade those who would otherwise see and appreciate it. Like most Japanese anime, this is not a “cartoon.” It is a serious film in an unconventional – for the U.S. – medium.The DVD transfer is excellent and belongs in your collection. This is a movie that continues to educate and enlighten with each viewing.
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#1 Good Review
You need 1h 23min to watch Barefoot Gen (1983). Wasting time? Absolutely not, because its rating is around 8.1 star from 5,562 movie freak.
#2 Supported by Great Actor and Actress
Actress Actor behind Barefoot Gen (1983) Movie are Catherine Battistone, Issei Miyazaki, and Yoshie Shimamura. So if you are fans of them you should enjoy this movie.
#3 Good Work from Great Director
This movie director, Mori Masaki, has done fantastic job in this movie. So if you are his fan do list this video on your bucket wish.
#4 Excellent Script by Good Writers
The movie script written by Writer:Keiji Nakazawa and Issei Miyazaki. Both have creative imagination to get your attention, so watch it.
#5 Magnificent Genres
This movie is Animation Drama Biography Genres film which released in 1983.
# 6 Interesting Story
Gen and his family are living in Hiroshima as Japan nears the end of World War II. Gen’s father has come to believe that the war is unwinnable, thus earning the wrath of the town officials and, in turn, discrimination from the rest of their neighbors. Shunned by the local merchants and tradesmen, food becomes scarce for Gen and his family. All these concerns soon pale, however, as the American military begins its final assault on Japan with the unleashing of its terrible new weapon.
#7 Many themes in one movie
These five themes are great interesting topics in the world, they are boy, japan, bomb, bomb, barefoot. And you meet all of them in one movie.
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