Films of Districts at A-bomb Hypocenter

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                         KNACK IMAGES PRODUCTION CENTER

General Outline of our Company in English

Knack Images Production Center Co., as showed by its own name, is a company which aims for production of “high quality and valuable” films and coming to 40th anniversary of its foundation.


Our main work is a restoration project of Hypocenter of Atomic Bomb. And we have restored Hiroshima’s reality in documentary film form, which showed Atomic Bomb destroyed the streets, civilians’ daily lives and even local history and traditional culture. This work got high estimation for unique achievement (real situation of atomic bombing) in Japan as well as all over the world.


Concretely, although Atomic Bomb was registered as a World Heritage Site, most detail information of its former self had been still unknown: which architecture style did it have?, what did exist inside of it and how many people were working at that day?. Moreover, as for how were its outside appearance and colors of each parts?, and how were facilities and landscape of its surrounding area?, all of them had been presumed uncertain.



The first work of the restoration project was “The A-Bomb Dome and the vanished City” (1998/ 83 minutes). Our basic conception of the film production was “actual testimony” and we nationally looked for Atomic Bomb Survivors and ex-resident who were still alive and interviewed them directly.


Our technical characteristic was production using “high quality high-definition images” which had just developed. We used “3DCG”, which also had just developed, in the restoration images of the rows of houses ant streets.

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 As a result of complement and announcement of the film, it had received nationwide and worldwide attention as a first ever “unknown truth”. We came to recognize the importance of a series of Atomic Bomb Hypopicenter restoration and made the second work “The Restoration of the Hypocenter Sarugaku-Cho- the memory of Hiroshima” (2003/ 51 minutes) continuously. It focused on the real situation that common citizens were involved with the destruction of Atomic Bomb and depicted what kind of streets, housed and stores existed?, what kind of people lived their own life styles?, what did happened on children, housewives and elder person?.

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 The third work was “Hiroshima Ground Zero- August 6, at the Hypocenter” (2005/ 51 minutes) (restoration of Saiku-cho). It is said that Saiku-Cho was directly below the explosion of Atomic Bomb. Also there common civilian lived their daily lives as usual, then without any notice Atomic Bomb was dropped over their heads. All the civilians become the pitiful victims without any time to escape. “Sarugaku-Cho” of the former work and “Saiku-Cho” adjacent to it were time-honored streets which showed tradition of castle town.
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 The fourth work was “Ground Zero- Documents of Hiroshima“(2006/ 64minutes). The former three works were put into this work as a summery.
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The fifth work was “Unrecognized Loss-Message from Hiroshima” (2010/ 61 minutes) which restored “Nakajima-Cho”, an area being across a river from Atomic Bomb Dome. Before the explosion there was cheerful downtown, so many people lived and busy streets existed. At that day everything in this area was lost and they had no choice except to build a park. Even now over 5000 bodies of victims of Atomic Bomb are sleeping deeply under the ground as missing.
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 We are on the way to produce “Unknown Truth and Actual Condition of Hiroshima- the Restoration of the area within one kilometer from the Hypocenter” as the sixth work (entire finishing work of the series), and we aim to complete it in 2015, the year of 70th anniversary Atomic Bombing.


In all of our works, we concretely appeal “never repeating the tragedy of Atomic Bomb”, aim to realize a worldwide peace without nuclear weapon, and hope they come to be teaching materials for international peace education.