Judy Irving, Chris Beaver
"Highly recommended. A powerful investigation of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki August 9, 1945. Deftly intertwines images of the destroyed Nagasaki with its modern counterpart, while telling the story of the residents and those that occupied it."
- Educational Media Reviews Online
Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers,
Nagasaki Journey is a powerful, yet hopeful look at the
immediate and continuing aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped
August 9, 1945 on Nagasaki, Japan.
The film tells the moving personal stories of two Japanese survivors and a U.S. Marine, who was one of the first American troops to occupy the city after the war ended. All three dramatically reveal how the impact of this single bomb forever transformed their lives and their thinking. Despite the enormous wartime tragedy, their common humanity transcended previous hatreds, providing hope the Nagasaki bomb would be the last atomic weapon ever dropped in warfare.
Nagasaki Journey features recently discovered film footage shot by Marines during their occupation, as well as striking photos taken the day after the blast by Japanese Army photographer Yosuke Yamahata. Yamahata's complete photographic record, with other historical background, has been published in a companion 128-page book of the same name from Pomegranate Art Books.