The Bells of Nagasaki

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The Bells of Nagasaki
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The Bells of Nagasaki
Author Takashi Nagai
Original title Nagasaki no Kane
Translator William Johnston
Country Japan, United States
Language Japanese, English
Genre Non-fiction Essay
Publisher Kodansha International
Publication date
January 1949
Published in English
August 1994
Media type Book, Music, Film
Pages 118
ISBN 978-4-7700-1845-8
Nagasaki no Kane
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The Bells of Nagasaki
Directed by Hideo Ōba
Written by Takashi Nagai
Starring Masao Wakahara,
Yumeji Tsukioka,
Keiko Tsushima,
Osamu Takizawa,
Kōji Mitsui
Music by Yuji Koseki
Cinematography Toshio Ubukata
Edited by Kaneto Shindō,
Sekiro Mitsuhata,
Sugako Hashida
Distributed by Shochiku Ōfuna
Release dates
September 23, 1950 (1950-09-23)
Running time
94 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Bells of Nagasaki (長崎の鐘 Nagasaki no Kane?) is a 1949 book by Takashi Nagai. It vividly describes his experiences as a survivor of the Atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It was translated into English by William Johnston. The title refers to the bells of Urakami Cathedral, of which Nagai writes:

These are the bells that did not ring for weeks or months after the disaster. May there never be a time when they do not ring! May they ring out this message of peace until the morning of the day on which the world ends.'

Initially, the book was refused publication by the American forces occupying Japan, until an appendix was added describing Japanese atrocities in the Philippines. This appendix was later removed.

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Released September 23, 1950, Produced by Shochiku
Directed by Hideo Ōba
Scripted by Kaneto Shindo, Sekiro Mitsuhata, Sugako Hashida
Composed by Yuji Koseki


Modern retelling[edit]

In 2011, UK film Production Company Pixel Revolution Films announced plans to produce a film on the life of Dr. Nagai. Directors Ian and Dominic Higgins cited The Bells of Nagasaki (the book) as one of the main inspirations for making the film. The film is titled All That Remains and is due to be released late 2015 or early 2016. It is the first Western film to deal directly with the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.[1]

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