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Twice Bombed: The Legacy of Tsutomu Yamaguchi

A film screening with director Hidetaka Inazuka. Organized by Chad Diehl, 2011-12 Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow.

Monday, November 14, 2011
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Young Research Library
Presentation Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010) witnessed both of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Stationed in Hiroshima as an engineer for Mitsubishi, he survived the bombing with severe injuries on the sixth, boarded a train for his hometown of Nagasaki on the seventh, arrived on the eighth, and experienced the second bombing on the ninth. This documentary film traces the last years of Yamaguchi’s life, when he became an independent peace activist who shared his story and related the horror of nuclear weapons. Through his peace activism, Yamaguchi touched the hearts of many people, including Hollywood director James Cameron, who visited Yamaguchi in Nagasaki. Yamaguchi’s message about the danger of nuclear technologies has become ever more important in the post-Fukushima disaster world.

Directed by Hidetaka Inazuka. In Japanese with English subtitles. 68 minutes.

A Q&A with director Inazuka will follow the screening.

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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