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Barefoot Gen


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  • Actors: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris, Masaki Kôda
  • Directors: Mori Masaki
  • Writers: Keiji Nakazawa
  • Producers: Keiji Nakazawa, Takanori Yoshimoto, Yasuteru Iwase
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Vid Canada
  • Release Date: April 27 1999
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305339724
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,584 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By A Customer on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
I watched this movie in a class one day and it almost made me cry. A story about the bombing of Hiroshima, a boy escapes the effect of an etomic bomb by a stroke of luck! Watching his father, sister and brothe die in their burning house, he and his pregnant mother a forced to live on the streets. Things don't go to plan when his mother goes into labor with no docters around and is forced to give birth by themselves. Dying of poor health, he and his new friends are forced to get a job to buy milk but something goes horribly wrong. This movie is moving and touching and I highly reccomend it to those that don't mind a few graphics and violence. Five stars all the way!
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By A Customer on Feb. 7 2002
Format: DVD
It was a sunny day over Hiroshima. A plane flew overhead a parachutte opened it fell to the ground then all hell broke lose. I usualy don't like anime it is always to weird. Barefoot Gen was different. Barefoot Gen is very violent and definutly not for kids. If it was American it would R at the very least. It takes place in Hiroshima 1945. Before the bomb blew off it was a regular family story. I was supprised how well I could relate to the charactors as real people. Way more than most American films. Then the bomb hits. The bomb explotion is the most disturbing scenes in all of movies ever. It shows people being insinerated in slow motion. After it shows mangled survivors walking around like zombies. You can only imagine the horror to have been there. Though Gen tries to save his family he is forced to go back and watch them burn. This disturbing film sends a strong message of the pointlessness of war. It is not pro Japanese or pro American it tells it how it is. Gen has a lot of bad stuff happen to him. He loses his hair and though he tries to save his baby sister he fails. Barefoot Gen tells in great detail what it was like to be there.
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Format: DVD
Barefoot Gen is based on a famous award winning japanese comic book. Frankly you're better to read the original than sit through this sentimentalized and trite offering. While there are moments of spectacle (the bombing and the horrific aftermath), it's basicaly a "good feeling" movie set in Hiroshima.
While it might've been worth renting, it's definitly not a "must have". Much better you spend your cash on the masterpiece "Grave Of the Fireflies".
The DVD includes some liner notes but no additional information. The picture quality is fine -- no particular problems.
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By Jerrod Maruyama on Feb. 27 2001
Format: DVD
Few animated films can be comfortablly labeled "important". Mamoru Shinzaki's "Barefoot Gen" is, without a doubt, one of these films. Based on Keiji Nakazawa's poignant graphic novel, the film tells the story of a family and how their lives are affected by the atomic bomb dropped on Hisroshima in 1945. Shinzaki perfectly adapts Nakazawa's somewhat akward style of drawing and adds dimension to these already strong characterizations. The animation is a bit on the stiff side. The style of animation looks a bit like what we stereotypically think of when picturing anime. While there are moments of great beauty and grace (mostly in the film's backgrounds), the animation is closer to Speed Racer than Princess Mononoke. The film elegantly re-tells Gen's tragic story of survival, streamlining the narative for the big screen. Missing from the film are several charming vignettes as well as two of Gen's brothers. Focusing mainly on Gen and his actions and responses, the film loses some of the comic's political vigor but retains a strong voice against war. Never is the film anti-American. It matter of factly cries out against the pointlessness of war. It is mainly through the horrors witnessed in uncompromising graphic detail (even more so in the comic) that this message is most vivid. And yet Barefoot Gen is ultimately a story of survival. Gen is a hero and his actions speak of the amazing potential of the human spirit when faced with the unspeakable. The only thing you will be longing for after the film's somber closing is more. Like "Grave of the Fireflies", "Barefoot Gen" is more than worthy of a spot in any collector's library.
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Format: DVD
I rented this movie one day just as a curiosity piece. It looked different from the rest of the boxes in the Anime section. No robots or half naked women or vampires or anything futuristic. It turned out to be a touching story of a boy & his family's struggle in Japan during the closing days of WWII. The animated bombing of Hiroshima is one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever watched-one can only imagine the horror of being there in person. But its the aftermath of the bombing that sends chills down my spine. This film is not Pro-Japanese or Pro-American. It tells it like it was. This is the kind of film parents should show children, teachers should show students. It transcends all ethnicity and makes the viewer think. I wish that it wasn't anime because a film like this needs more exposure than to be put into a category with few outside interests. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about, and if you haven't, then make it a point to.
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