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Hadashi no Gen

Hadashi no Gen

Alternative Titles

English: Barefoot Gen
Synonyms: Gen of Hiroshima
Japanese: はだしのゲン


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1983
Genres: Drama, Historical
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Popularity: #1983
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It's the summer of 1945. 3 years have elapsed since the war between Japan and USA began. Gen is a young boy living a struggling yet satisfying life in the city of Hiroshima, that has been strangely spared by the bombing taken in almost every other Japanese City. Food is scarce, and Gen's family is suffering from severe malnutrition, which endangeres his pregnant mother. There isn't much spare time as Gen and his little brother Shinji help their father and mother at work and try to make sure their family survives the tought times. Little do they know, what the Americans have in store for the city of Hiroshima and as of the 6th of August 1945, their lives are about to change dramatically.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Hadashi no Gen
Sequel: Hadashi no Gen 2

Characters & Voice Actors

Kondo, Ryuta
Kondo, Ryuta
Lee, Wendee
Lee, Wendee
Nakaoka, Gen
Nakaoka, Gen
Miyazaki, Issei
Miyazaki, Issei
Nakaoka, Kimie
Nakaoka, Kimie
Goodson, Barbara
Goodson, Barbara
Nakaoka, Shinji
Nakaoka, Shinji
Lee, Wendee
Lee, Wendee


Macek, Carl
Producer, ADR Director
Nakazawa, Keiji
Script, Original Creator
Motohashi, Hideyuki
Key Animation
Oga, Kazuo
Art Director

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Jul 22, 2008
"I dug my father, sister and brother out of the ruins. Their skulls and other bones were intact. I thought humans became like that when they were burnt. When my mother's body was cremated however, there were very few bones. It made me shake with anger that the atomic bomb radiation deprived my mother, who had survived for 21 years, of even her bones. I vowed never to endure wars or atomic bombs"

(Taken from an interview with Nakazawa Keiji by Jonathan Clements.)

On Moday, August 6th, 1945, the US bomber Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb known as "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. read more
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Dec 2, 2011
Note: In this review I will be talking about both Barefoot Gen (1983) & Barefoot Gen 2 (1986) in every respect even though there is a 3 year gap in production between the two movies I don’t really feel there is much of a difference with anything in particular. In many ways both films would have worked better a single release. This would have made more sense as the two movies address two different aspects of the given situation. Also considering the subject matter is quite difficult for many to digest I actually feel having the two films separate has hindered the second movie.

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They are both about the same thing - war. These two stories are very depressing, sad and cruel...
Both are about the Hiroshima bombing in 1945 and its tragic consequences. While Pika Don is short and informative on the actual act of the bombing, Barefoot Gen builds on the bombing and shows the aftermath with detail.

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