March 11th, 2011. about the 50 workers who stayed, in that place, at that time.
The film, Fukushima 50, took 5 years in production. It is set on that day, where the biggest crisis in history hit the Fukushima No. One Nuclear Power Plant (aka Ichiev), and stories are told to the world of the people who are still thinking of their families and hometown. It was announced that the film would be in theaters in 73 countries, reaching to not only Japan, but all around the world.
The movie "Fukushima 50" world premier and accompanying opening act had the first showing during the Tokyo International Forum held on Jan 26th, 2020. On that day 200 times the people who passed the raffle draw gathered at the venue to give their best to the opening show. The veteran actors and director greeted audiences around the stage, on stage talents include Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Naoto Ogata, Mitsuru Hirata, Masato Hagiwara, Shiro Sato, Narumi Yasuda, Setsuro Wakamatsu(director).
Koichi Sato said, "change the ruins of today into the heritages of tomorrow." When Masato Hagiwara mentioned there was nothing he could do on that day, many people in attendance that day most likely felt the same way.
During the opening act, 3 soundtracks in the movie were performed by Taro Iwashiro (composer/conductor), Ryu Goto, Yoko Hasegawa, NHK Tokyo Children's Choir and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was surprising to hear that this was Ryu Goto's debut performance for movie music, who played alongside Japanese reputable cellist, Ms. Hasegawa, and gallantly they performed with a sad and strong melody to express the woes and hopes of that day.
Taro Iwashiro, the music composer and conductor for the film, is a famous composer participating in fields of TV, movies, animes, games and stage dramas. He was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music, with "Blood and Bones", "The Samurai I Loved", "Spring Snow" and "Ask This of Rikyu". Also, he worked on many soundtracks of other movies.
Performed soundtracks in opening act is as follows
1：1st Chapter All Life
2：4th Chapter Home Country Forevermore
3：Be With Danny Boy
Danny Boy, one of the soundtrack of the movie, which is Ireland folk song style, tells of the hopes of the families of the 50 workers while they wait hopefully for their return. This soundtrack portrays the feeling of Isaki's family believing and waiting for Isaki's return, while Isaki, played by Sato, stays but helps his family escape. The English horn, which mimics the sound of bagpipes, conveys the sorrow of Goto, violin conveys the hopes, messages expressed by Hasegawa's cello, with beautiful clear voices of the choir singing the harmony and accompanying orchestra can be heard throughout the venue.
Goto was only seven years old when he made his debut in the PMF (Pacific Music Festival). He set up Goto Ryu "Excellence in Music" (Prize for fine music) to offer scholarship for students who study in public senior high school, and he is also well known for his dedication to culture exchange and global social events.
Now the co-performance with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the leading orchestra in Northern Europe, has been officially released. During this performance, Finland representative, Hannu Lintu and Ryu Goto will make the best Sibelius come true. Also, for his 25th anniversary since debut, Ryu Goto's debut 25th anniversary recital tour will start from Hokkaido, where he first took to the stage, starting in November, 2020.
When the opening act was over, the cast members, Director Wakamatsu, came on stage in a shower of applause, and each cast member greeted the audience with sincere gratitude.
When asked about his thoughts in the release of this film, Sato said, "I visited Fukushima the other day in a promotional campaign and released the film on air in Fukushima. I thought that it was necessary to start the screening in Fukushima, and I thought showing the people in Fukushima the film is a frightening experience. Before footages of the tsunami is broadcasted through public system, we must first show a warning message that reads "footages of Tsunami will now be played" before we can play them. It must be very painful to be watching these fearful images in a dark movie theater, especially for those who were victims of the disaster, or family and friends of victims in Fukushima and Miyagi, but we believe that it is an emotional hurdle we must overcome. After watching the film till the end, it will for sure leave an unforgettable impression in the minds of the viewers, and so I started in Fukushima first. And today, we present the film to you here in Tokyo, and then we will go on to show it to the entire nation.", with the emotions he put into this film overflowing in his speech.
Following him, Watanabe continued, "I was interviewed by a TV reporter who was a high school student in Koriyama at the time the disaster happened. He said that "At first my body couldn't stop shaking, but then I thought I must watch till the very end, although there were many moments during the film when I thought that I could no longer keep my spirits up. There were no electricity, no mobile service or access to computers, and lots of rumors and news were spreading all over at that time, but from watching this movie, I could see much more clearly what had happened there. Thank you." Hearing his words, I feel that I can deliver the message in this movie and present it to the world with confidence.", he said. Upon that comment, Director Wakamatsu spoke as well, "Because they both speak very much for the people of Fukushima, and is the closest to them emotionally, so even before the movie started, many of the viewers at the screening were already crying, and after they've watched the movie, they gave us their words of encouragement, "Thank you for creating a movie like this for us.", which was very comforting." He described the heartwarming scene during the promotional campaign in Fukushima a few days before.
The movie “Fukushima 50” (Fukushima Fifty) will be doing a nation-wide showing tour, March 6th, 2020. Distribution and release will occur in 73 countries and regions around the world.