When asked what’s the most unforgettable event that happened in the month of August, a lot would be most likely to talk about the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Those two tragic events will forever haunt the month of August. Films are among those that usually remind us of the past. Two atomic bomb documentary films by American directors are now showing in Tokyo. Both films are available until August 16th, the day after the official announcement of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces.
Linda Hoaglund, inspired by the photographs of Miyako Ishiuchi on Hiroshima, directed “Things Left Behind.” Steven Okazaki, on the other hand, is the man behind “White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” People can watch both films at the Iwanami Hall in the capital’s Chiyoda Ward. “Things Left Behind” is available from 11:30 AM until 4:30 PM while “White Light, Black Rain” is available from 2 PM until 6:50 PM.
In “Things Left Behind,” which runs for 80 minutes, Hoaglund showed the things that were not usually shown to the public. The items belonged to the victims of the atomic bomb that wiped Hiroshima. They may be kept by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum but they were not on display. Among the items shown were a polka dot dress and broken pair of retro eyeglasses.
“White Light, Black Rain” by Academy Award Winner Steven Okazaki features the story for 14 atomic bomb survivors, locally referred to as hibakusha, in 86 minutes. Even people involved with the US bomber Enola Gay which dropped ‘The Little Boy’ in Hiroshima and ‘The Fat Man’ in Nagasaki were featured in the film. One A-Bomb researcher admitted having no remorse in his involvement with the atomic bombs. “White Light, Black Rain” was first released on August 6, 2007, exactly 62 years after the first atomic bomb explosion.