Funahashi Atsushi


People from the Town of Futaba are still dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis triggered on March 11, 2011. Refugees from the town speak about the radiation that is taking up more space in their lives.
The Fukushima prefectural government has delayed conducting exposure exams for all residents. In the meantime, officials distributed a “Health Management Handbook” as part of the prefecture's campaign to provide “reassuring education” to victims.
The document contains language that obscures the extent of the exposure they sustained when they fled their homes. Futaba Town Hall staff had to arrange for the purchase of a costly 'whole body counter' to do the testing themselves.
Immediately following the accident, residents were most concerned about their exposure levels. But the invisible threat of radiation is taking over in other parts of their lives.
This Aichi Arts Center production is part of an original film series.
Title in English radioactive
Title in Original Language 放射能
Director(s) Funahashi Atsushi
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in Osaka in 1974. Funahashi graduated from the Culture and Representation Course in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo, and studied film making in New York. His debut work, "echoes" (2001), won the Prize of the Jury and Audience Award at the Annonay International Film Festival. His second work, "Big River"(2006, starring Joe Odagiri), premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival. "Nuclear Nation" (2012) is a documentary based on materials gathered over a long term. It shows Futaba and its people, who were displaced from their homes by the Great East Japan earthquake. The film was screened in domestic and international film festivals, and took seventh place in Kinema Junpo's Top 10 (2012). His book, "Nuclear Nation", has been published. Feature film "Cold Bloom" tells a story in a disaster‐stricken area, and attempts to approach the problem on how to live in a society after the disaster, going beyond the genre. In 2013, he worked on the documentary "Yasujiro Ozu: hidden line-of-sight, fifty years after his death". (NHK)
His latest work is "Nuclear Nation II", which will open in November 2014.
Year of Completion 2014
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 35 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDHDCAMDVD
Shooting Locations Saitama and Fukushima Prefecture
Shooting Dates/Periods August 2012 - August 2013
Names of Characters People of Futaba in Fukushima
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles Japanese,
Date of First Public Screening 2013/12/
Place of First Public Screening (Country)
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2013/12/8
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Screenings overseas: At fourty film festivals overseas, such as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany
Screenings in Japan: Auditorium Shibuya and more
Under four wall distribution across Japan
Staff Credits Photography: Funahashi Atsushi, Yamazaki Yutaka
Others:Theme Music: Sakamoto Ryuichi Planning: Aichi Art Center
Producer Hashimoto Yoshiko
Distributor / Distribution Company Hashimoto / Documentary Japan
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None