The 70th anniversary of the dawn of the “Atomic Age” will be marked by Cinema Libre on Aug. 4 with the DVD debut of documentary filmmaker Masaaki Tanabe’s Message From Hiroshima. Narration is by George Takei.
On Aug. 6, 1945, the B-29 Superfortress named the Enola Gay lumbered over the Japanese mainland island of Honshu and from over 30,000 feet at 8:15 in the morning dropped “Little Boy.” Its detonation about 2,000 feet above the city instantly killed 30 percent of the city’s population.
Using state-of-the-art CGI, coupled with stock footage from the period and interviews with survivors from the blast that morning, Tanabe and his technical team have recreated Hiroshima and the center of the blast area (the Nakajima district) as it was at that time. The busy streets, homes and businesses where they — the “hibakusha” (survivors) — lived and worked has been literally brought back to life in Message From Hiroshima.