A committee of Japanese citizens has bought from the United States National Archives 85,000 feet of film showing the devastation of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
USA; (SOUND: GV Film of an atomic bomb test carried out in the United States. Shows explosion with houses burning; fire storms with forest destroyed and pylons collapsed.
(MUTE) GV Ruined landscape after Nagasaki bomb. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Skeletal remains of buildings.
CU PULL BACK SV Flesh burns of woman and charred bodies. (10 SHOTS)
GV Stills of people eating and running after bomb explosion. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: A committee of Japanese citizens has bought from the United States National Archives 85,000 feet of film showing the devastation of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The film, originally shot by private citizens and government agencies, both American and Japanese, was later impounded by the American Occupation Forces in Japan. It has taken 35 years to obtain the film's release for the Japanese viewing public. The first bomb, a uranium-type named 'Little Boy' dropped on Hiroshima on July 25, 1945. Three days later, a second bomb, a plutonium-type, was dropped on Nagasaki. It was called 'Fat Man'. According to data released by the United States Army, temperatures in the ball of fire generated by the blast immediately reached levels of several million degrees Centigrade. Forests, factories and housing estates were swept away in the burning tornado. Within seconds 60,000 Japanese perished at Hiroshima and 30,000 at Nagasaki. In Nagasaki, the devastation covered some seven square kilometres, with human beings charred beyond recognition, some even completely evaporated in the heat of the blast. Apart from those who died instantly, thousands were to perish through the delayed effects of radiation.