Fukushima – A Nuclear Story

( Italy / 2015 )
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What was it that saved Tokyo from a nuclear disaster? Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this is the story of the foreign journalists who were are allowed to enter the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant after waiting two years to uncover the truth about the 2011 accident hidden behind those walls. The ex-premier Naoto Kan reveals the events as they really happened. Using digital reconstruction to elucidate the scientific complexities of the accident, the film uncovers the layers of accountability at play.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 58/84 min.
Theme: Asian Studies, Ecology, Environment, Health, Investigative Journalism, Science, Society, Technology
Language(s): English, Italian, Japanese
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Matteo Gagliardi
Producer(s): Christine Reinhold, René Bourdages
Cinematographer: Guillaume Bression, Pio see all »
Editor(s): Matteo Gagliardi
Fukushima – A Nuclear Story


  • The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster has been examined in hundreds of documentaries to date, counting all media, nationalities and languages. But “Fukushima: A Nuclear Story” stands out for one simple, powerful reason: Its central figure, Italian journalist Pio d’Emilia, was among the first foreign reporters allowed on the scene after the earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
    The Japan Times

awards & accolades

  • International Uranium Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature

Festival participation

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece 2015
  • Far East Film Festival 2016
  • International Uranium Film Festival 2016
  • CinemaAmbiente Festival in Torino 2016

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Additional Info

Production Company: Teatro Primo Studio – Film Beyond
Distribution Company: Films Transit

Fukushima – A Nuclear Story

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