Gripping documentary looks back on ’45 Hiroshima bombing from American, Japanese perspectives

This coming Thursday, thousands of paper lanterns will be set afloat on the Ota River in Hiroshima, Japan and left to float out to sea. This will mark the 64th anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945 atomic bombing of that city — the first time that nuclear weapons  were used against civilians.

Another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. Although several nations now have nuclear weapons — many of which are far more powerful than the two bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 — their sheer destructive power has prevented their use since then, so far.

In 2005, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) produced Hiroshima, an 89-minute documentary on the events  leading up to and just after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Using a combination of historical reenactments and interviews with both the U.S. airmen who dropped the bomb and the Japanese survivors of the destruction that ensued, Hiroshima is a riveting film.

If you have an interest in history, military affairs — or simply a good, solid drama — I think you’ll enjoy this documentary.

Full 89-min. documentary (View in fullscreen at Google Video)

Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945, 8:15 a.m.

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