An Iranian filmmaker has been inspired by the true story of a young Japanese girl who died from leukemia because of radiation exposure from the atomic bombing in 1945. Tentatively entitled, “The Fourth Crane”, the film will be about a young Iranian girl, sick because of her mother’s exposure to chemical weapons, who travels to Hiroshima to learn more about the Japanese girl who died in 1955 at the age of 12.
Sirous Hassanpour, in a recent visit to Japan, said that he hopes his film will tell emphasize the importance of peace in both of their countries and in the whole world. In 2008, he read the book about Sadako Sasaki, who has become the symbol of the innocent victims of war in Japan. The book was translated into Persian and became widely-read in Iran. He then visited Hiroshima in 2012 and afterwards decided to make this the topic of his eight film. Sadako was 2 years old when the atomic bombs were dropped in Japan towards the end of World War II, and when she found out she had leukemia, she started folding 1,000 origami cranes in the hopes that this will make her get well. Sadly, her story did not have a happy ending but it has continued to inspire other people in Japan and the whole world.
In the movie that will be shot in both Iran and Hiroshima, a young Iranian girl’s health worsens because her mother was exposed to chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) when she was pregnant with her. She travels to Hiroshima to learn more about Sadako and find out if folding the paper cranes will indeed cure her. Hassanpour and the Farabi Cinematic Foundation will also be including several Japanese crew members, including production designer Kyoko Heya. “I want to make the new movie a film that gives courage to many children,” Hassanpour said. With both Iran and Japan losing thousands of innocent victims because of chemical warfare and atomic bombs, he wants to make an appeal for peace through his film.
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]