To Help Make A Movie? Why Not!

A few weeks back was the 66th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. About a week ago, I received a note from Ian Higgins of  Major Oak Entertainment regarding a movie his studio is making about the story of Dr. Takashi Nagai, survivor of the bombing and author of The Bells of Nagasaki.  The title for the docu-drama  film is All That Remains.

According to Ian’s note, the film has the support of

the University of Nagasaki, his grace Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami and Fr. Paul Glynn, author of the acclaimed biography on Dr. Nagai, “A Song for Nagasaki”.

Here is a synopsis of the project,

Urakami Cathedral,
August 9, 1945 

All That Remains will be a powerful docu-drama telling the remarkable story of Dr. Takashi Nagai, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Catholic convert and dedicated peace activist. His story is a dramatic and inspiring testament to the power of faith in the most extreme of circumstances. Indeed, many have petitioned that he be made a saint, and now it seems Dr. Nagai may soon be declared “blessed” by the church, which is the first step to sainthood.

Takashi Nagai was a Japanese doctor and sceptical man of science whose passion for the pursuit of truth led him to undertake a dramatic conversion to Christianity at a time when Western religious beliefs were especially discouraged in Japan. On the 9th of August 1945, he found himself amongst the survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, where this newfound faith was to be tested in the most extreme of circumstances.

With his beloved wife one of the 70,000 killed instantly, he was left with no choice but to fulfil his duty as a doctor, tending to the multitude of wounded and dying all around him, while struggling to make sense of his own loss and the responsibility he now faced for his two children.

It would be his faith that would guide him back to Atom bombed Nagasaki, and it would be this faith that would inspire him to stay there and help rebuild a city from rubble and ash.

He would dedicate the rest of his short life to promoting world peace through his work as a writer. His first book was “The Bells Of Nagasaki”, it went on to become a bestseller though out Japan, as a nation, defeated and demoralised by war, re-discovered through his words, the healing of power of love.

Dr. Takashi Nagai died in May, 1951 of Leukaemia brought on by prolonged exposure to radiation.

He left behind two children, a 10 year old son, Makoto and a 5 year old daughter, Kayano. But he also left behind a huge collection of books, articles and personal notes, addressed to his children and to God. Through these words, the spirit of Takashi Nagai continues to live, but sadly, his story is fast fading into the obscurity of forgotten history.

Here is the trailer for the film,

I don’t know about you, but this is a film I would like to see. The film version of The Bells of Nagasaki came out in the Fall of the year 1950 in the Japanese market and is due for a refresher. Guess what? We can help!

We are also offering the opportunity for other Christians to get involved and help us make this film, the people who understand the power of faith, the people who want films that hold meaning for them.

Ian has a fundraising page here. If you can, throw a few coins in the tin cup there. Who knows? Your name may even wind up in the credits. While you’re at it, go “like” their Facebook page.

UPDATE: Dr. Nagai’s Nagasaki Funeral Address.

  • Amy R

    Wow!!!! I first read Takashi Nagai's story in 1985, when, by providence, I chose it from the Windward Community College (Oahu) library stacks for a World History book report. On a short visit to Japan that same year, I went on a day-trip to Nagasaki and saw its Peace Park; regretfully, it didn't occur to me to visit the cathedral.He is one of them most inspiring men of the 20th century, and I hope this movie helps make him better known.

  • Frank

    I agree and hope right along with you. Also, at 118 pages "The Bells of Nagasaki" is a quick and poignant read.

  • Stefanie

    Finally! Great news, Frank.this is really a story that I cannot believe has not yet been considered 'film-worthy.' Even if the movie doesn't get 'well-known' — just to have it available will be a wonderful thing.This year's August 9th (anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing)was on Tuesday, so I took the opportunity to introduce our RCIA group to Dr. Nagai and to his story. (Also St. Edith Stein who died on an earlier August 9 in a German concentration camp) Glad that he may be declared 'blessed' very soon — I often ask the good doctor to work behind the scenes for many of Asian-descendant who struggle to embrace the Christian beliefs, who are too logical and/or demand physical evidence of Who Jesus is or feel that it is unnecessary to believe in Him.

  • Jacqueline Y.

    Thanks for the news about this very worthwhile project, and for the link to Fr. Paul Glynn's bio of Takashi Nagai. So glad it's back in print in the United States (for a few years only the Australian edition was available). A Song for Nagasaki is one of the most moving books I have ever read.

  • Leslie K.

    thank you for providing this information. This is a story the world needs to know NOW.

  • Kent G. Hare

    I read Fr. Glenn's book earlier this year as my Lenten reading project. Powerful. Thanks for publicizing this. – Kent

  • Ian Higgins

    Thank you YIMCatholic readers for your kind donations to help us make the movie “All That Remains”. If you have chosen to contribute as anonymous, we will still list you in the Thank You credits of the movie, unless instructed from you otherwise. So, please, if you do not wish to be listed in the final credits of the movie email us!Now that you are part of the team – please help spread the word, tell your friends and family and together we can make something special!

  • Anonymous

    This is exciting news!! I already consider this man a saint, even if he isn't canonized. And the book by Fr. Glynn was an incredible way for me to learn more about him. I will definitely be watching this project to see what happens!!

  • virginia udrys

    I have waited since seeing this movie as a child too young to comprehend it. For some P.C. reason it seems to be unavailable-BELLS OF NAGASAKI. I have read the book now in my old age, and pray to Takashi Nagai for our present day world.