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廣島廿八 (1974)
Hiroshima 28

Reviewed by: heinz Germany
Date: 07/29/2008
Summary: from HKFA

Imai Eisaku survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb, but he never told his two daughters about this. His eldest daughter, Yoshiko, works as a part-time tourist guide during the summer holidays and makes the acquaintance of a Hong Kong writer, Lee Hak-keung. She helps Lee collect information on the atomic bomb survivors and their descendants. The parents of Yoshiko's boyfriend, Kimura Makimune, ask Imai for Yoshiko's hand on behalf of their son. Imai then has to tell them that Yoshiko is the descendant of an atomic bomb survivor. That does not affect Kimura's love for Yoshiko. Yoshiko's sister, Kyoko, finds out by accident that Yoshiko is not her real sister, and that she herself is also a descendant of an atomic bomb survivor. When Yoshiko finds out about this, she leaves home. Yoshiko is in fact the daughter of Imai's best friend and his Chinese lover, Yu-fen. Ten years after the Second World War, Yu-fen went to Japan in search of her Japanese lover. She found Imai instead. They got married and gave birth to Kyoko. Yoshiko finds herself with leukaemia and decides to give the rest of her life to the anti-nuclear peace movement, to stop the nuclear-armament race of the world's super powers and to raise the world's awareness of the fate of the atomic bomb survivors

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

A gloom-chasing family melodrama, quite unusual for its time, andprobably the first Hong Kong melo to tell a story entirely through the perspectives of a Japanese family with all the actors being Chinese. Director Lung Kong gives vent to his usual concern for large issues: the plot deals with second-generation victims of the nuclear holocaust that befell Hiroshima. Josephine Siao gives a fine performance as a young woman suffering from leukaemia, a legacy of the atomic bombing.

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