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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 March 2013
I found those Canadian-Japanese miniseries excellent, I spend a very good moment watching it and even if I was already a little bit familiar with the story, I still learned a lot. Some limited SPOILERS below.

"Hiroshima" tells the story of the circumstances in which president Truman decided to drop the first atomic bomb on a Japanese city. The story begins immediately after the death of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, when Truman is briefed about the existence of project "Manhattan" - indeed on Roosevelt's orders the secret surrounding this project was such, that even the vice-president of Unites States was left in the dark. The story progresses then to show the whole story of how the decision to use the new weapon was debated and ultimately taken - it also shows how Hiroshima ended being the first primary target (with the city of Kokura being the secondary or "replacement" target, if Hiroshima couldn't be reached).

Although the whole story happens mostly in the offices of White House or other similar places, it is as dramatic and tense as any war movie. Amongst the best moments (to my taste) were Truman's meeting with Stalin at Potsdam in July 1945, the debate following Japanese rejection of Potsdam declaration and Truman's voyage back from Europe to USA on board of heavy cruiser USS "Augusta". This last moment is maybe the most touching part of the film and helps to understand better than anything else why Truman stopped hesitating and ordered the attack on Hiroshima...

As it is not fully explained in the film, it is not exactly a SPOILER to say something about the scene in which, at Potsdam meeting, Truman tells Stalin about the existence of the atomic bomb - in fact Stalin already knew about project "Manhattan" BEFORE Truman, as Soviet spies (extremely active in USA during the WWII) managed not only to learn about this super-secret project already in 1944, but even to some degree infiltrate it!

All actors did a great job in "Hiroshima" but the greatest performance is that of Canadian actor Kenneth Walsh, who plays president Truman.

Those miniseries last 180 minutes, but frankly I didn't even notice the time passing. "Hiroshima" is an excellent quasi-document, very well made, very dramatic and worth every penny spend on it. I am so keeping this DVD for a future re-viewing and later for my children (when they are big enough to watch it). Warmly recommended.
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on 8 November 2015
This is a well produced documentary type film. Although it is a long duration you feel it could have lasted hours longer to deliver all the facts leading up to and including this world changing event.

It illustrates the speed needed to end WW2 but also the attitudes and opinions of the politicians, military and scientists developing and prepared to use this 'new secret weapon'.

Overall an interesting and sobering account of the first atomic bomb detonation and how it changed the world we now live in forever.
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on 21 May 2015
excellent drama it shows you how even after hiroshima there were some japanese officers who wanted to fight on
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on 2 December 2015
Very well acted, with the suspense maintained throughout.
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on 4 February 2016
All must watch this truly cruel real life event
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on 17 June 2014
An excellent portrayal of the true story. This film is a must, it covers both the Japanese and the American story of the build up to the dropping of the A bombs on Japan very well indeed including some original war footage. This film gives one an accurate picture of what really happend to Hiroshima and Nagasaki from both the American and Japanese perspective.
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on 20 November 2015
Very interesting dramatisation of the first use of the atom bomb.
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on 16 January 2015
enjoyed it very must, just sorry it was a true story and so many people had to die for real in 1945.
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on 8 November 2015
It gives you a good images how it comes and what happens to Hiroshima.
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on 26 February 2006
What a cracking film! I bought the BBC title of the same name and this appeared as a recommendation - I can only assume it's one of those American made-for-TV mini series as it's around 3 hours long but it's a bargain and a superb drama-documentary of this period in history; accurate too if you cross reference with other material on the same subject. The other reviewer mentions picture quality especially when watching on a hi-res monitor but this is on purpose and it was the first thing that impressed me - the way real footage (which I recognise from the 'World at War' and '2nd World War in Colour' series) is blended into the new dramatised footage; dust and scratches have been added so as a viewer you're never quite sure what's original and what's new. This seemless blending carries on into other scenes that appear sepia, desaturated or monochrome - very impressinve film making. The pace is excellent as well and I sat enthralled from start to finish. The action is constantly switching from the hawks and doves in America to their counterparts in Japan; intercut with real footage, dramatised footage and short eye-witness interviews there is a sense of crescendo towards that historic moment when the bomb is actually used and it's a measure of how good a film this is that even though you know what the outcome will be, you find yourself caught up in the drama as to whether or not they're really going to go through with it! And what's more there are no soppy romantic sub-plots getting in the way! Ten out of ten - don't hesitate to buy this film.
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