Russian film festival screens Japanese anti-nuclear film

Thursday, September 14, 2023

PanOrient News
TOKYO. A film festival in Russia screened an anti-nuclear movie called “Sadako’s Crane” at the Amur Oblast Film Festival as part of a section called “Japan Cinema Days.” It was organized by the Eurasian International Film Festival within the 21st Autumn Amur Film Festival.

The film, directed by MASUYAMA Rena and TARUTANI Daisuke, related the tale of Sadako, a 12-year-old girl who died from leukemia as a result of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, and Shinji, a boy who experienced the damage caused by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011.

They meet across time and space and hope for a world without nuclear weapons.

SASAKI Sadako folded 1,000 origami cranes in her hospital room, and a Child Atomic Bomb Statue modeled after her was erected in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. At the 2023 Hiroshima G7 Summit, replicas of Sadako's origami cranes were donated to the leaders of each participating country.

Masuyama and Tarutani were invited despite restrictions imposed due to Russia’s war with Ukraine.

“I received a replica of the origami crane from SASAKI Yuji, Sadako Sasaki's nephew, and am working to spread wishes for peace around the world,” Tarutani stated. “We are grateful to everyone involved in the Amur Autumn Film Festival and to all Russian citizens.”

Masuyama said: “Through this screening, I hope that the people of the world will understand Sadako's hope that the damage caused by nuclear weapons will not be repeated.”

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