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Kuroi ame / BLACK RAIN
It Happened Yesterday

The title refers to the radioactive rain that fell after the first atomic bomb was let off over Hiroshima. Although young bride-to-be Yasuko has the misfortune to be visiting the city in question on the day of the explosion, she is miraculously unhurt and returns to her village across the bay. Unfortunately, the whole region has been profoundly affected by the ?black rain? which over the following years is responsible for the poison that slowly but surely erodes their souls. Yoshiko's former friends insist that they can't be sick, that she must be the one to have brought this illness to them. Now a pariah, Yoshiko's life is shattered as surely as if the bomb had disintegrated her upon impact.
BIOGRAPHY
SHOHEI IMAMURA Tokyo, 1926. An efficient observer of Japanese society, Imamura has fearlessly tackled taboo subjects including incest and superstition. He began as an assistant to Ozu and Kawashima, later joining ranks with his colleagues Oshima and Shinoda to react against the traditional systems. Fukushu suru waware ni ari (Vengeance is Mine, 1979), Narayama Bushiko (Ballad of Narayama, 1983), Unagi (The Eel, 19970 presented as part of the San Sebastian Festival's Zabaltegi section) and Kanzo sensei (Doctor Akagi, 1998) are but a few examples.
CAST & CREW
Director
Shohei Imamura
Screenplay
Shohei Imamura, Toshiro Ishido
Photography
Takashi Kawamata
Edition
Hajime Okayasu
Music
Toru Takemitsu
Cast
Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa
Running Time
123 m.
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