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Program Title: Hiroshima
EASC Code: JH-27
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Region/Country: Japan, United States
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: History, Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
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Director: Roger Spottiswoode and Koreyoshi Kurahara
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Release Date: 2004
Running Time: 180 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima is inarguably the single most significant act of the twentieth century. This landmark three-hour miniseries presents, for the first time, a balanced account of those events leading to the cataclysmic decision, which forever changed the course of human destiny. Beginning in the frenzied final months of World War II, rocketing back and forth between Washington and Tokyo, Alamaogordo and Tinian, Hiroshima careens along the rapidly escalating course of the war. Reaching behind the headlines, this story examines at close range the enormous pressures facing newly installed President Truman and his chiefs of staff as they wrestle with the unprecedented moral question-whether or not to drop the bomb. In Japan, where an entire culture revolves around principles of self-sacrifice and unquestioning allegiance, Hirohito and his pround Samurai generals face the moral dilemma of whether to surrender or fight on to the bitter end.
Data Entry Date: 7/31/2007