September 8, 2011 9:46 PM Subscribe
Barizogon ("bitter condemnation") is a 1992 indie Japanese docudrama about Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants and is a dramatization of the life and "accidental" death in 1989 of the whistle-blowing Nao--a twenty-six-year-old who takes on crooked campaigning and a cover-up at the unsafe nuclear plant where everyone in Okuma works.
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The movie is available (with subtitles) on YouTube: Part 1
. The whole series of YouTube videos are collected on this blog
The movie, directed by Iwaki, Fukushima native Fumiki Watanabe
, makes use of interviews, found footage, re-enactments, and the actual residents of Okuma, the area in Fukushima (now off-limits) that is home to the two reactor complexes, and outlines the collusion and corruption between politicians, police, construction contractors, the mafia, and local government following a series of accidents at the plants.
Of Watanabe, Nobuhiro Yamashita
, director of Linda Linda Linda says
There is a filmmaker named Watanabe Fumiki. He has his own projector and only goes to local culture centers and not in theatres. Very local and small cultural centers and that’s what he does. The films that he shoots and screens are maybe too much propaganda. What he does in terms of getting his film out there is very interesting and inspiring for other filmmakers in terms of getting the word out. It’s very scandalous with the amount of propaganda, and he gets arrested and fights with right wing group. What he does is very true to what he believes and I think that is very cool.
I myself saw Watanabe's presentation Barizogon at a community hall in Tsuruga, Fukui
* (another nuclear town) in 1997.
*The purple plumes indicate recycled coolant streaming into Wakasa Bay along a 50 kilometer section of coastline.