About the film

In 1954, the U.S. military detonated a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean with a force 1,000 times greater than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Castle Bravo test inadvertently irradiated the crewmen of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a small fishing vessel from the coastal village of Yaizu. In “Day of the Western Sunrise,” Michigan native Keith Reimink tells the stories of three surviving Lucky Dragon fishermen, from their terrifying experience on the ship to the medical consequences of the radiation to personal hardships that followed, combining interview footage with kamishibai-inspired animation. Metro Detroit premiere.


3:30 p.m. Sat., April 13
Patriot T
at the War Memorial

Film credits

Year: 2018 
Run time: 1 hour, 14 minutes 
Director: Keith Reimink 
Writer: Keith Reimink 
Producers: Takako Kasuya, Keith Reimink 
Editor: Keith Reimink 
Animation: Justin Nixon, Josh Lopata 
Composers: Troy Reimink, Justin Gray