Mineshaft Gap

It's a screening log, no more no less. Maybe I'll have something interesting to say one of these days...

Style and Substance.

Compared to Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies, Barefoot Gen is a film that has no style, and no sense of balance. In Takahata's breathtaking film, we see the internalization of the violence of the atomic bombing, not the outward view of the attacks. Shinzaki's film plays almost as a bad gore film for much of its length and is far too episodic with little connection.

Barefoot Gen is a pale copy of a masterpiece.

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