Japanese grand master Akira Kurosawa's eloquent examination of the nuclear holocaust in Nagasaki as seen through the eyes of a survivor and her four grandchildren, 44 years later. The grandmother recalls the history of her family and Japanese society. As she searches for an understanding of the past, she falls into despair over the loss of her husband in the blast as its anniversary draws near.
Very evocative film in a rural setting providing insight into the enduring impact of the 2nd World War on the people of Nagasaki. The city may be rebuilt and thriving, but those that survivors the atomic bomb cannot forget the trauma, death and sense of terror from that day that changed everything for them.
The grandmother is a very intriguing character, who helps the younger generation to get some understanding of her experiences, with minimal explanation.