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Trailer for Fukushima 50 starring Ken Wataabe lands

Trailer for Fukushima 50 starring Ken Wataabe lands

Written by Ross Locksley on 24 Feb 2021



Altitude have announced that Fukushima 50, the retelling of Japan's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, will land on March 8th.

Starring Godzilla's Ken Watanabe, the film is based on the book by Ryusho Kadota: On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi. 

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE

Ten years ago the world looked on, as Japan battled to avert a potentially world-changing catastrophe - when, following an earthquake and tsunami, a nuclear reactor started to leak. Hot on the heels of 2019’s acclaimed Chernobyl, comes another recreation of a truly chilling moment in history, when the fate of mankind seemed to hang in the balance - or rather, in the hands of the workers at the Japanese power plant, who became known as the ‘Fukushima 50’.

Based on the extraordinary, jaw-dropping book by Ryusho Kadota, On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi, the film, directed by Setsurô Wakamatsu (WHITEOUT), is the rival of any Hollywood disaster epic, but at its heart it is a moving and extremely timely human drama about people pulling together in a time of unprecedented crisis.

Ken Watanabe (INCEPTION, GODZILLA) stars as the head of the power plant who must act fast to prevent total destruction, and rally his workers to action while the higher-echelon bureaucrats fail to grasp the enormity of the situation. The film drives home the staggering impact of the incident on Japan, still being felt a decade later, but is a stark reminder that, had it not been for the titular 50, things could have turned out a lot, lot worse.

A harrowing, tense and unforgettable experience, featuring fantastic performances from Watanabe and Kôichi Satô (MISHIMA), FUKUSHIMA 50 is a sobering look at how bravery and resourcefulness managed to avert a Chernobyl-scale catastrophe.

“We believed we controlled nature. It was human ego.”

Fukushima 50 will be released on altitude.film and all digital platforms across the UK and Ireland on March 8th.


Ross Locksley
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Ross founded the UK Anime Network waaay back in 1995 and works in and around the anime world in his spare time.


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