Inside story of 2011 Japanese Tsunami relief & Fukushima nuclear disaster. A critical look at how the authorities handled the nuclear crisis and Tsunami relief by an American who volunteered in the clean-up. It is in short, a documentary of the devastating events in Japan and 6 months of the after-math that followed. It features true stories from those affected by the disaster, the government and even TEPCO. It highlights the struggle in dealing with: The Tsunami clean-up, Government response to the disaster, radiation plus the future of nuclear power after the accident.
Reviews and Ranking
I encourage all to see this movie.
Author: aural-martin from Seattle, WA
22 July 2012
Incredible, beautiful, and absolutely stunning
Author: Pia Christina Jensen from Costa Rica
28 July 2012
From beginning to end, I was gripped by this story. Everything Chris and his interviewees show us is both heartbreaking and infuriating. I am deeply moved by the plight of Japan and this production captures well why I am so moved. The opening music, the panoramas, the people, the devastation, the ongoing critical issues with the nuclear power plants and the dire conditions which Japan's government and TEPCO have left people in as portrayed in the film, leaves me feeling hopeful. Hopeful because people like Chris care enough to show the world the truth of what is going on. And, it leaves me wondering, what next, Japan?
I highly recommend you see this film with friends and family. Be prepared to be shocked.
From the Pacific Coast
Author: gailmorehouse from United States
28 July 2012
This is not just a Japan problem. The tell-tale signs of devastation have begun depositing unprecedented debris on our beaches, raising awareness and forming questions for Pacific Coast residents from California to Alaska. The Pacific Islands, Mexico and Canada are also vulnerable.
"Surviving Japan" is a must see for everyone: for those who wish to help survivors and those who are concerned for their own well-being with respect to radiation exposure at home.
Important movie (only movie?) for learning about Fukushima disaster
Author: Nick Thabit from United States
12 March 2013
Give this movie a chance, you won't come away untouched.
A powerful message for all Japanese and civilized nations
Author: Takahiro Katsumi from Tokyo, Japan
12 March 2013
For the affected people, nothing IS over. Their suffering is still an ongoing fact and little has been resolved or redeemed. They are all struggling to live strong, but with destruction of communities and dysfunctional support from local and central government, they cannot continue to stand strong alone. Director Noland portrays these sufferings by showing his own experiences as one of the affected people and an active volunteer aid worker. His journey to making this film began with a series of questions that still remain fully unanswered. One of the most revealing fact of his journey was that their suffering has not ended despite his own efforts, despite the communal, local, national, and international efforts. Their sufferings are that enormous, and deep. And this is masterfully reflected in Yoko Ono's special song "Kurushii" ('95) used in this film.
For any Japanese, a film created from an experience of a foreigner who has helped the Japanese people with such dedication has a powerful message. For any national of a civilized nation, the messages of the common affected people will have strong impact in reflecting what one's community, local governments and central government can do in critical situations that involve vested interests. It is easy to imagine that if it was not for the nuclear power interests, the level of suffering experienced by the affected people would have been drastically different