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Film Review: Fukushima 50 (2020) by Setsuro Wakamatsu

Film Review: Fukushima 50 (2020) by Setsuro Wakamatsu

Fukushima 50” – the movie’s title – is a nickname that English-language media used to describe a group of employees at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, who still worked on-site after the evacuation of most of the staff to prevent further fatal consequences of 2011 disaster. Although the number of people at the plant rose significantly (to few hundred) after several days, when additional manpower was sent from around the country, the pseudonym stayed – to underline the sacrifice of the frontline workers and their solitary fight. And as one may expect, Setsuro Wakamatsu’s feature covers the events which followed the fateful earthquake and tsunami focusing on the people factor.

Fukushima 50 is screening at Japan Cuts

The screenplay is based on the non-fiction well-researched book by the journalist Ryūshō Katoda “On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi”, giving the insight into the matter through around 100 interviews with e.

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