Nuclear Nation Synopsis
Filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi tells the stories of Japan's nuclear refugees.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Nuclear Nation is likely to attract those who already oppose such power plants. But supporters should see it, too, if only to hear the...
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
As presented here (cut down from a longer edit), the film might have benefitted from more technical context related to the plant’s failure —...
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The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Tangents involving government committees and the nuclear energy lobby only serve to scatter the already-diffuse narrative, as do numerous...
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By Mark Jenkins
Over the nine months the movie chronicles, about half the refugees leave the school building. Many return to the Fukushima area, but none...
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Employing straightforward, music-free aesthetics that express the grim realities of his story, director Funahashi captures both grief and...
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Unfortunately, Nuclear Nation is slow going, and given the uniqueness of the documentation and the importance of its message, it deserves...
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The Dissolve

Despite its limitations, Nuclear Nation remains a quiet, painful reminder that disasters aren’t disasters because of the sound and...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
This modest film observes evacuees from Futaba, a small town near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, making do in their temporary...
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Didn't feel much of an impact of nuclear fear!

By fijinz-all
Don't think it was because I don't speak Japanese. The documentary just never drew me into the horror. There was just little footage that would give me any feel of haunt. Citizens keep talking...

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Rated NR