Children of Hiroshima

“Children of Hiroshima,” commissioned by the Japan Teachers Union and based on a compilation of testimonies by a university professor, Arata Osada, combines documentary naturalism with lyrical and frankly sentimental passages. The bombing is recalled through a horrific, surreal montage that anticipates some of the wild imagery Mr. Shindo would bring to later, horror-inflected movies like “Onibaba” (1964) and “Kuroneko” (1968). But the overall tone is heartfelt and determined, as Takako, visiting the small handful of her former kindergarten students who survived, encounters both unbearable sadness and fragile optimism. 

Japanese Survivors Shaded by Puzzlement and Sorrow
Children of Hiroshima
By A. O. SCOTTAPRIL 21, 2011

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