Lucky Dragon No. 5

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Lucky Dragon No. 5

atomic bomb atomic bomb test based on a true story fishing boat radiation sickness

Lucky Dragon No. 5

Release Date: February 18, 1959

Year    :   1959
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Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Daiei Film
Director    :   Kaneto Shindō
Producers    :   Hisao Itoya, Setsuo Noto, Tengo Yamada
Writers    :   Kaneto Shindō, Yasutaro Yagi
RunTime    :   115 mins.

An ageing fishing boat, Dai-go Fukuryu Maru ("Lucky Dragon No. 5") sets out from the port of Yaizu in Shizuoka Prefecture. It travels around the Pacific line fishing. While the ship is near Bikini Atoll, the ship's navigator sees a flash. All the crew come up to watch. They realize it is an atomic explosion, but take time to clear their fishing gear. A short time later, grey ash starts to fall on the ship. When the ship returns to port the sailors have been burned brown. They unload the fish, which are then transported away. They visit the local doctor and then go to Tokyo for an examination. It turns out they are all highly radioactive. Their symptoms become worse, and the contaminated fish causes a panic.


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