Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Post-War Documentary Films]

Still It’s Good to Live

(“Ikite ite yokatta”)
- 1956 / B&W / 35mm / 49 min

Directors: Kamei Fumio / Teshigahara Hiroshi, Yamazaki Seikyo
Photography: Kuroda Kiyomi, Segawa Hiroshi
Editing: Jinbo Haruo, Shuzui Fusako
Sound: Okuyama Junosuke, Ohashi Tetsuya
Music: Nagasawa Katsutoshi
Line Producer: Saito Shigeo
Narrator: Yamada Mitsuko
Producer: Ono Tadashi
Production Companies: Japan Council against A & H Bombs, Japan Document Film
Source: Japan Document Film

This film was planned as part of the movement to aid atomic bomb victims at the First World Conference against A & H Bombs held on August 6 and 9, 1955. The film first “quotes” from The Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (“Genshi bakudan no koka—Hiroshima-Nagasaki,” 1946) shot by Miki Shigeru and others—a film which managed to evade confiscation—to show the horrible situation of people immediately after the atomic bomb blasts. It then introduces us to the painful existence of bomb survivors who continue to endure leukemia, keloids, and other ailments. As a result of America’s experimental detonation of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll in 1954, fishermen aboard the Daigo Fukuryu Maru were exposed to radiation. As the threat of a third world war loomed large during the Cold War and public opposition to nuclear arms increased, this film was shown in Ginza’s Namiki-za and other commercial cinemas around Japan. Funding for the film came from radiation survivors’ relief fund money sent in from around the world, and it was produced by the Japan Council against A & H Bombs, a national umbrella organization of anti-nuclear groups. The Council against A & H Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped out greatly with local filming.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio