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.