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Black Rain [DVD] [] [1900] [1 disc] [Region 1]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Shot between June 1988 and December 1988, on location in a small mountain village in Okayama Prefecture, near the Sea of Setonaikai off Shikoki. Director Shohei Imamura mortgaged his house in order to get BLACK RAIN made. The film's budget was estimated to be $3.5 million. The film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won 5 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Picture. Masuji Ibuse's novels were based on the diary of Shizuma Shigematsu, who lived in the village of Kobatake. Ibuse often fished with Shizuma. The characters Yuichi, Tatsu, the shaman, and the grandma are not in the novels. Shigeko's strange visions were also added to the film. After the dropping of the atomic bomb released radioactive ash in the air, it mixed with rain, thus creating black rain. Jizo (the statue that Yuichi makes in the film) is a Bodhisattva who is the protector of dead children. He is usually depicted with a pilgrim's staff with rings that warn animals of his approach. Sometimes grieving parents will dress Jizo in their child's clothes, so that he will protect their souls. Carp--a prominent symbol in the film--signify endurance to the Japanese, because the fish can swim upstream like salmon. Hiroshima's baseball team is named after the fish, and in one festival, various carp banners represent fathers, mothers, boys, and girls. Over a third of marriages were arranged in Japan in 1973. In the early 1990s, this number has declined to about 13 percent. Another film entitled BLACK RAIN (directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Douglas) was also released in 1989.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1989

  • Credits
    Norihei Miki, Shoichi Ozawa, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Yoshiko Tanaka
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An epic so fine and self-effacing that it seems to work less as a conventional movie than as something received intravenously....BLACK RAIN is a profound chiller..."
    New York Times

    "...What is remarkable about BLACK RAIN is the scope of human experience it encompasses....Imamura's deft and nuanced use of black humor jolts us into recognition of the grievous cost of survival..."
    Film Comment

    "...Imamura makes palpable the agony of living with the unknown..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A shattering drama about post-Hiroshima fallout and its effect on victims five years later..."
    USA Today

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