Kuroi ame (Black Rain) 1989 PG
3.00PM Sun 11 Mar 2018
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
Black Rain will be screened from an imported 35mm film print.
Shohei Imamura's Black Rain is a powerfully rendered consideration of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, interested less in the unspeakable chaos of the day (though the film opens with a harrowing recreation of the events) and more in the latent physical and psychological effects it left upon the hibakusha - the survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The main narrative thread takes places in 1950 and follows Yasuko, a young woman whose presence in the affected area in 1945 has stigmatised her. Her family attempt forcefully and fruitlessly to set her up with a suitor to start a family of her own, but each potential partner is scared off by rumours that she may carry illnesses from the "black rain" fallout.
Imamura (who is one of only a handful of directors to have won two Palme d'Ors) began his career as an assistant to Yasujirō Ozu and shades of that great director can be found in this film, in both the deliberately composed black-and-white cinematography and the rich understanding of subtle familial and society interactions.
Black Rain is a textured exploration of the damage nuclear warfare can cause beyond the physical annihilation of buildings and human bodies. Imamura considers the shame and perturbation caused by the hidden sickness placed into each person by the bomb's radioactive properties. Yet he also turns his lens to what he sees as a society that turned their back on survivors and whose invented hierarchies cast aside the vulnerable.
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, DOLBY SR, 123 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: SHOHEI IMAMURA / SCRIPT: IBUSE MASUJI, TOSHIRO ISHIDO / BASED ON THE NOVEL BY MASUJI IBUSE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: TAKASHI KAWAMATA / EDITOR: HAJIME OKAYASU / PRODUCTION CO: HAYASHIBARA GROUP, IMAMURA PRODUCTIONS, TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TOEI COMPANY / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
PG | Adult Concepts