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Fukushima – A Nuclear Story


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.

Running Time: 58/84 min.
Subject(s): Asian Studies, Ecology, Environment, Health, Investigative Journalism, Science, Society, Technology
Language(s): English, Italian, Japanese
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Christine Reinhold, René Bourdages
Cinematographer: Guillaume Bression, Pio d’Emilia
Editor(s): Matteo Gagliardi
Production Company: Teatro Primo Studio – Film Beyond


  • The Japan Times
    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.

Festival Participation

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

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