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Forgotten Bomb (2010)

Bud Ryan , George Shultz , Stuart Overbey  |  NR |  DVD

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When the Cold War ended, the generations that lived through it were relieved to finally vanquish the specter of a mushroom cloud from their minds. But today, thousands of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia remain on high-alert, still poised to destroy the planet. In Japan, atomic bomb survivors struggle with nightmarish memories and negative health effects; atomic veterans, down-winders, and atomic workers around the globe also continue to suffer from the effects of radiation exposure. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 may have temporarily damaged the soul of Japan, but has anyone ever taken an account of what the Bomb has done, and continues to do, to the soul of the country that dropped it? How might we alter the soul of a nation in order to truly live without the threat of total destruction? In a globe-trotting journey through various perspectives on nuclear weapons, filmmaker Bud Ryan takes us from the Peace Museums of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the Nuclear Science museums of the United States; to the place that birthed the atomic bomb, (and cares for it still) the state of New Mexico, where Ryan now lives. Featuring former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, Japanese bomb survivors, and many others, THE FORGOTTEN BOMB explores our pre-conceptions about nuclear weapons and their history, investigates how they inform our sense of identity and discovers what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some sad moments June 1, 2012
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In high school, my AP history teacher told us that Japan had been ready to surrender World War II, yet the U.S. had hurriedly dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atrocity and monstrous cruelty of doing so on a civilian population is something I think can never be justified.

While this documentary was not that well-presented and not as clear as it could be, I did gain an understanding that the amount of nuclear firepower has only increased tremendously since the days of World War II and the Cold War. How some of those in power and high positions can be so short-sighted about the future of the human race and how dangerous mutual destruction is, I don't know.

One thing that I took away from this film is that Harold Agnew (observer of the Hiroshima bombing on the plane, third director of Los Alamos National Laboratory) is a horrible human being. He stated in the documentary that he has gone to Japan and appeared on a TV show where he was confronted by survivors of the Atomic bombing (who were about 10 years old during the bombing). He stated he refused to apologize, told them to remember Pearl Harbor, and stormed off. This gave me the impression of a person lacking in compassion, humanity, and empathy. While what happened at Pearl Harbor was wrong, the atomic bombing of men, women, and children in Japan was wrong as well.

The most interesting and human moments in the documentary were hearing the survivors tell their stories. I would have liked the documentary to focus more on the stories.

"The atom bomb brought an empty victory to the allied arms but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see." - Gandhi (quote in the film)

Further reading of Gandhi's view:
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but bland March 20, 2012
By chris
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This is a video has some interesting facts but it very liberal and the intervewees arent very credible. You do gain a huge sense of the tragedy and destructiveness of the weapons but they are over portrayed in a liberal sense with no depiction from the more conservative sense. I did not like how they even semi bashed nuclear medicine, Which gave me a sense that this was a very anti-progressional video. Nuclear power has its advantages as does nuclear medicine. It takes the stand point these are evils. I do plan to visit the museum in japan and feel sorry for what happened. But the person who made this really did a fair job, not excellent. And again super onesided.
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1.0 out of 5 stars UN-WATCHABLE April 18, 2013
By Joe
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A poorly produced collection of half truths and flat out lies are thrown together in this anti-American, Blue State tribute to liberal stupidity.
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