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March 11, 2011, 2:46 p.m. in Japan's Tohoku Region: at a magnitude of 9.0, the strongest earthquake in the country's history strikes, triggering a huge tsunami that would end up killing thousands of people and displacing many more. It mercilessly engulfs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, causing a crippling station blackout. Unable to be cooled, the nuclear reactors quickly turn into hydrogen bombs at the brink of explosion. If the power plant is abandoned, Japan's destruction is assured. Facing a life or death situation, the power plant workers known as the "Fukushima 50," including shift supervisor Toshio Izaki (Kôichi Satô, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, THE GATE OF YOUTH) and plant manager Masao Yoshida (Academy Award® nominee Ken Watanabe, GODZILLA, INCEPTION, THE LAST SAMURAI, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU), remain on the site until the bitter end. As the world holds its breath, the Fukushima 50 fight for their hometown, their families and the future of Japan. Official Selection, 2020 Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film.

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    122 minutes
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    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Setsurô Wakamatsu
  • Screenwriter
    Yoichi Maekawa, from the book "On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi" by Ryûshô Kadota
  • Producer
    Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
  • Cast
    Ken Watanabe, Kôichi Satô