Hadashi no Gen

Barefoot Gen

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Gen of Hiroshima
Japanese: はだしのゲン
English: Barefoot Gen
German: Barfuß durch Hiroshima: Der Film
French: Gen d'Hiroshima: Le Film
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1983
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.771 (scored by 2075520,755 users)
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Ranked: #10482
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Popularity: #2986
Members: 54,440
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In 1945, World War II is at its peak. As Japanese cities are fire-bombed and the nation is cornered by US forces, Japan is collapsing under the immense pressure. Gen Nakaoka, a bold, free-spirited young boy, lives in Hiroshima. Struggling with wartime scarcity and barely making ends meet, Gen and his family are hopeful that the conflict will soon end with Japan's imminent defeat and their city unscathed.

However, unbeknownst to them, their fate is already sealed with the impending dropping of "Little Boy," the US atomic bomb set to cause the devastating cataclysm that will forever change Japanese society.

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Hadashi no Gen won the Oufuji Noburou Award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1983.

The film was released on DVD as Barefoot Gen by Image Entertainment on April 27, 1999. Discotek Media remastered the film and published it on Blu-ray and DVD on December 26, 2017.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Macek, Carl
Producer, ADR Director
Masaki, Mori
Director, Theme Song Lyrics
Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Hirokawa, Shuuichi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Ima Sugu Ai ga Hoshii (今すぐ愛がほしい)" by HARRY

Ending Theme

"Doko kara Kite Doko e Iku no Ka (どこから来てどこへ行くのか)" by HARRY


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. ...
Aug 21, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Barefoot Gen is at the same time a compelling visual of the horrors of war and a cheesy soap opera; a devastating tale of courage and survival and a badly written one dimensional flick. Gen can be seen as the polar opposite of the epic masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies, for although they deal with similar subjects the way they go about doing it are completely different in both style and quality. Where Fireflies focuses on the small picture, one brother trying to care for his litter sister, Gen is bent upon showing the "big picture" of the war, the devastation that it brought upon ...
Feb 12, 2010
I can sum my Barefoot Gen experience up in one word: ANNOYING.

It was so damn annoying! I was ripping at my hair as Gen ripped at his!

So why was it so irritating?

First, Gen's voice. He has the most annoying voice I've heard in any anime to date. I don't know if people liked hearing voices like this in 1983, but from a 2010 viewpoint, I couldn't stand it. It's loud, obnoxious, and stays that way all throughout the movie.

I'm sitting here, trying desperately to see the emotional qualities of the movie, and this voice comes out of nowhere, blasting at my ...

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