Double-bill of the Japanese anime classic and its sequel, following the autobiographical story of manga artist Keiji Nakazawa, who was six-years-old when the atomic bomb was dropped on his home city of Hiroshima. In 'Barefoot Gen' (1983), after surviving the initial blast when he takes shelter behind a stone wall, Gen returns home only to see his family burned alive, and then begins a nightmarish journey through a city shattered by the horrors of atomic war. 'Barefoot Gen 2' (1986) picks up the story several years later, and follows the teenaged Gen's adoption of a group of children who have been orphaned by the bomb.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Drawn from writer Keiji Nakazawa's true life experiences in the aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, 'Barefoot Gen' tells the story of one family's struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Barefoot Gen (1983): Gen Nakaoka is on his way to school when the atomic bomb detonates. He makes his way back to his home through hellish scenes of ruined buildings, corpses, and hideously mutilated survivors. Although his family is still alive, Gen and his pregnant mother are unable to free his father, sister, and brother from the rubble of their house and must leave them to burn to death. His mother goes into labor during their flight and his new sister is born amid the devastation. Holding the infant, Gen tells her to remember the horrors, so that they never occur again.... Barefoot Gen 2 (1986): Six-year-old Gen has lived practically his entire life in the shadow of war. Yet, in trying to aid a group of orphans to survive and find a new life, he is not prepared for the horrors which follow the bombing of Hiroshima.... ...Barefoot Gen / Barefoot Gen 2 ( Hadashi no Gen / Hadashi no Gen 2 ) ( Barefoot Gen / Barefoot Gen Two )