Hadashi no Gen

Barefoot Gen

What would you like to edit?

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
More titles


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1983
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.771 (scored by 1727117,271 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #9402
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2792
Members: 45,078
Favorites: 134

External Links

Ranked #940Popularity #2792Members 45,078
Add to List
Episodes: /1
* Your list is public by default.


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 endangers 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 tough 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)


Winner of the Oufuji Noburou Award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1983.

Related Anime

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

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"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
Archaeon (All reviews)
"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
Feb 13, 2015
literaturenerd (All reviews)

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 read more
Feb 23, 2019
Optigisa (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 2, 2011
Donwun (All reviews)
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.

Using read more

Interest Stacks

48 Entries · 1 Restacks
50 Entries · 1 Restacks
by nrar
26 Entries · 7 Restacks


Recent News

North American Anime & Manga Releases for December

North American Anime & Manga Releases for December

Here are the North American anime & manga releases for December Week 1: December 5 - 11 Anime Releases Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 DVD Bishoujo Sen...read more

Q4 2017 Anime & Manga Licenses [Update 12/23]

Q4 2017 Anime & Manga Licenses [Update 12/23]

In this thread, you'll find a comprehensive list of anime and manga licensed in the fourth quarter (Oct-Dec) of 2017. Fall 2017 anime which were licensed before...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Barefoot Gen Episode 1 Discussion
saxophone15 - Apr 18, 2010
32 replies by bushman66 »»
Apr 19, 9:19 PM
Poll: Barefoot Gen + Nuclear Bombs General Discussion
arimakenshin - Jan 9, 2009
12 replies by LaytonPuzzle27 »»
Mar 14, 10:22 PM

Recent Featured Articles

Top 30 Best Anime Movies of All Time

Top 30 Best Anime Movies of All Time

You think you know anime movies? Have you seen all 30 of these movies on our best anime movie list? Our writer sets themselves a only-one-movie-per-director rule and comes up with 30 movies every anime fan must see.

by 5camp


The 10 Best Anime Movies You May Not Have Heard Of

The 10 Best Anime Movies You May Not Have Heard Of

Watching an anime series is great, but sometimes there are just not enough free hours on your schedule to justify starting a new show. But those 2 hours you have to kill are enough time for a film, so here is our list of the top anime movies you may not have heard of.