Tsutomu Yamaguchi was an unfortunate man who experienced unthinkable tragedy twice. On August 6, 1945, while he was working in Hiroshima, an atomic bomb exploded over the city and his life was forever changed. Thankfully, Tsutomu managed to survive the initial blast. However, his nightmare wasn’t over yet; home for Tsutomu was Nagasaki where he faced a horrifying repeat of the same events just three days later.
The devastating effects of these two nuclear bombings are hard to fully comprehend but Tsutomu’s experience provides a unique insight into what happened on those fateful days. As one of only a handful of individuals officially recognised as having survived both atomic bombs, his story is particularly inspirational and has caught the attention of people worldwide.
In 2011, American filmmaker James Moll made the documentary “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”, which features interviews with survivors and combines archival material to create a powerful narrative about what occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The documentary follows Tsutomu’s story from before the bomb was dropped until today within modern society. Additionally, Moll also travels with Tsutomu all the way back to Hiroshima for the very first time since that tragic day 66 years ago.
Watching this documentary is an eye-opening experience that highlights different aspects of what happened during these two devastating events in history and how they affected people’s lives for generations afterwards. It is an invaluable resource for gaining deeper knowledge about this topic and encourages us to reflect on our own lives in light of such extreme tragedy. We highly recommend watching “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”.