Drawn from writer Keiji Nakazawa's true life experiences in the aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Barefoot Gen tells the story of one family's struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Six-year-old Gen ha... more »s lived practically his entire life in the shadow of war. Yet he is not prepared for the horrors which follow the bombing of Hiroshima. Contains scenes of extreme violence; reccomended for mature audiences.« less
"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!"
Gotta get 'Gen'
Jerrod Maruyama | San Jose, CA USA | 02/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Daniel Rush | Bremerton, Washington USA | 05/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While there are moments of spectacle (the bombing and the horrific aftermath), it's basicaly a "good feeling" movie set in Hiroshima.
_______________I don't know how this person could get a feel good idea from this anime but I think he should seriously go back and watch it again. This isn't a "feel good" anime by any stretch. It is however brilliant, a tribute to the man who's life story brought it forth. The first time I saw it back in 1986 in Japan I turned it off, it was that powerful.It blames no side, it takes no stand for the weak policy of victimhood now running rampent in Japanese schools, it lays bare the horror of that era of warfare for all to see in the hopes we shall never visit that era again.It is a true magnum Opus of Anime and I think everyone should watch it."
Amazing and moving
Launchpad | Maryland | 04/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a fan of anime, but this film transcends genres. My history teacher used the opening sequence - from Gen getting ready for and going to school to just after his family dies in the rubble - to illustrate Japanese anti-war sentiment. My classmates often laugh at me for my hobby and passion for anime. The room was silent when this excerpt ended."
An Artistic, Uninhibited Look At The Past
Launchpad | 10/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I initially rented this title, and I must say that it didn't disappoint. It has enough complexity to keep you interested, yet it wouldn't confuse someone who can't get into "deep" things. While it is graphic, this is only because the film is being truthful to the material it is based on. A definite must-see for anyone who appreciates war-related movies/shows or just one great story."