World War II- The Pacific

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Film
Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" USA. 1970.
Documentary-style Hollywood film that attempts to tell the story of the Pearl Harbor attack from both sides. Extensive research was done and there is a useful documentary included on the DVD with maps and historians.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066473/
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Documentary Film
Okazaki, Steven. "White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." USA. 2007.
"Debuting on the 62nd anniversary of the bombings, WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN provides a graphic, unflinching look at the reality of nuclear warfare through first-hand accounts of both survivors and American men who carried out the bombing missions. This HBO documentary film also opens and shows Hiroshima today and its vibrant regrowth." -HBO.com
HBO's website for the film is wonderful. It has hibakusha paintings, more interviews and lesson plans.
http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/whitelightblackrain/
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Documentary Film with Re-enactments
Guttentag, Bill, Sturman, Bill. "Nanking." USA. 2007.
Through first-person memories, historical footage, and in-character readings by actors, this historical documentary displays what happened in the 1937 invasion of China by the Japanese. Graphic images. Winner of the Documentary Editing Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the Humanitarian Award at Hong Kong Film Festival. (88 minutes.)
Two useful sites for the film:
http://www.nankingthefilm.com/http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/nanking/index.html
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Animated Film
Takahata, Isao. "Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)"
Japan. 1998.
Animated Japanese film about the firebombings in Japan shown through Setsuko and Seita, brother and sister, who are forced to make their own survival after their mother is killed in an air raid. While this is animated, it is extremely emotional and graphic and is best suited for older grades. (89 minutes.)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095327/
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Museum & Website
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a great museum with a really confusing and ridiculous website. The positive thing is that the website does have just about EVERY item in their collection and strange little interactive bits but is just unfortunately not well laid out or planned. It is still a great tool for getting the big picture and a visual look at what happened before and after the bombing of Hiroshima.
http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/index_e2.html
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Website & Institution
Japan Society: About Japan
"This site is the teacher resource site from NYC's Japan Society. It provides educators and specialists in Japan Studies a space for sharing, discussing and developing teaching ideas and resources about Japan, especially as they relate to K-12 classrooms. The site features thought-provoking essays; classroom-ready lesson plans; an area for asking and answering questions; resources including historical documents, maps and images; and member profiles. In addition to user-generated content, the editorial team will develop original materials organized around different themes. We invite you to contribute materials of your own and join the discussion. Audio, lesson plans, articles, and discussion boards." - aboutjapan.japansociety.org
http://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/
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Non-Fiction Book
Dower, John. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of WWII. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999.
A critical look at post-war Japan under U.S. occupation.
http://mit.edu/jdower/www/
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Non-Fiction Book
Dower, John. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. New Y0rk: Pantheon, 1987.


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Graphic Novel Memoir
Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After. San Francisco: Last Gasp, 2004.
This is a 10 part graphic novel/memoir. I think Volume 2 has the most impact as it is the next day when Nakazawa writes of surviving the blast, searches for his mother and faces the devastation. While this is drawn and written in a simple style and through a child's eyes, the story deals with the relations between ethnic Koreans living in Hiroshima, the loss of family, and the brutality and confusion that faced people living in Hiroshima. Also includes an introduction by Art Spiegleman.
An interview with Keiji Nakazawa:
http://archives.tcj.com/256/i_nakazawa.html