Fukushima 50

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan are risking their lives and staying at the nuclear power plant to prevent total destruction after the region was hit by natural disasters in 2011.

Nearly an hour after the quake, Fukushima Daiichi suffered a power outage, causing the power-operated cooling systems to fail. Although the workers initially tried to run the plant on car batteries, they eventually risked their lives to get closer to the reactors and worked virtually manually to prevent the plant from overheating.

"Fukushima 50" is a feature film based on the non-fiction book "On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi" by the Japanese journalist Ryūshō Kadota. It shows how difficult it is to control nuclear facilities in an emergency and that Japan escaped radiation contamination of 1/3 of the country only by chance and for reasons still unknown today.

Director(s): Setsurô Wakamatsu
Script: Yoichi Maekawa, Ryûshô Kadota
Production: Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Kadokawa Daiei Studio
Music: Taro Iwashiro
Actors: Ken Watanabe, Kôichi Satô, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Naoto Ogata, Shôhei Hino, Mitsuru Hirata, Masato Hagiwara, Riho Yoshioka, Takumi Saitoh, Yasuko Tomita, Shirô Sano, Narumi Yasuda
Year: 2020
Duration: 122 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): Japanese
Country of origin: Japan
Shooting Locations: Japan
Screening rights: Endeavor Content () | Capelight Pictures (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Energy
Secondary topics: atomic energy courage natural disasters cooperation health
Mentions: nuclear power plant workers Fukushima 50 tsunami power failure survival family destruction government courage
Topic Page(s): Energy

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