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
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.771 (scored by 1823118,231 users)
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Ranked: #9752
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Popularity: #2831
Members: 47,646
Favorites: 144

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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
Nakazawa, Keiji
Script, Original Creator


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. ...
Feb 13, 2015

Barefoot Gen is in my opinion one of the most underrated anime on this site. In the West, it is completely overshadowed by Grave of the Firefly, which is unfortunate because in many ways Gen is actually the superior film! In this review I will be not only looking at Gen, but comparing it to its much more famous and critically lauded brother Grave of the Firefly (Hotaru no Haka).


Pacing and characters:

Barefoot Gen opens by showing the main character, a little boy named Gen, along with his family. Gen has a little brother named Shinji, an elder sister Eiko, a father, and a ...
Feb 23, 2019
This movie talks about, shows and documents to the viewer the harsh reality of the Japanese people living in Hiroshima during the year of 1945. Now where have I seen this concept done before? That's right. This movie was so influential to the point where it influenced Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies. When you influence a studio as illustrious as Ghibli, you must be doing something right at the very least. Barefoot Gen did many things right to say the least.

The movie opens up on a bright note, beginning with a father and his two boys, Gen, the protagonist of the movie, and ...

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