Barefoot Gen

Alt titles: Hadashi no Gen

Movie (1 ep x 83 min)
4.055 out of 5 from 1,017 votes
Rank #634

The year is 1945, and the Japanese war effort is grinding to a halt. In Hiroshima, the Nakaoka family is working hard to survive in the midst of poverty and persecution. With his father constantly working, six year old Gen has been left in charge of his family, yet stays relentlessly optimistic in the face of hardship. Then, on August 6th, the atomic bomb Little Boy detonated in the center of town, and the people's lives were changed forever. As Gen struggles to cope with the horrific event, his youthful innocence and refusal to give up brings a renewed sense of hope to those around him...

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roriconfan's avatar by roriconfan on Apr 8, 2012
Score: 6.5/10

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ArtisanKirei's avatar by ArtisanKirei on Nov 30, 2010
Score: 9/10

Story - 10/10 - A thought provoking, highly emotional tale, made all the more distressing by the fact that it's a true telling of one man's experience. Barefoot Gen is a 1983 anime based on the manga of the same name by Keiji Nakazawa. It is set in WWII Hiroshima, Japan and tells the true story of Nakazawa's experience of the bomb which hit Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. Gen and his pregnant mother survive the... read more

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