An emotionally exhaustive film about a Japanese family who attempts to adjust to life after the nuclear bombing at Hiroshima. The opening sequence of this film is incredibly haunting, as we witness the tragedy of Hiroshima up close and personal from the villagers point of view. Imamura doesn't shy away from showing us the horrific imagery, from the scorched bodies which litter the ground to one particularly lasting image of a burnt woman, holding her dead baby, delirious. Most of the film chronicles the everyday life of this one particularly family five years after the bombing. This is a grim experience as we watch this family and their friends slowly wasting away, knowing that it's only a matter of time until they contract radiation sickness. The narrative focuses on these two parents desperately trying to find a husband for their daughter, Yasuko, whose potential radiation sickness scares off almost all suitors. Everything about this film is handled with extreme care and it's pretty much perfect.
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