On Set Photo Released For Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Film ‘Fukushima 50’

09.July.2019 | MOVIE

Fukushima 50 is an upcoming film based on the non-fiction book On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi by Japanese journalist Ryūshō Kadota. The film will discuss the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred after the 9.0 magnitude Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 which stands as the largest ever earthquake recorded in Japanese history. It will be released sometime in 2020.


A shot taken from the film has been released and features actor Kōichi Satō, who plays the part of Toshio Izaki who was the shift supervisor at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini Nuclear Power Plants, and Ken Watanabe, who plays the role of Masao Yoshida, the plant manager during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. It is important to note that this film shot was released on July 9, the same date that Masao Yoshida passed away in 2013.

The images are taken from the unnerving scene right after the earthquake hit. Toshio Izaki (Left), played by Kōichi Satō, is in the central control room instructing counter-measures and looking carefully to see if anything is wrong after an emergency was instructed for the Daiichi and Daini plants. Masao Yoshida (Right), played by Ken Watanabe, is trying to come up with a plan after receiving the grave news. He is located in the quake-proof emergency headquarters which was built in Daiichi in 2010. Both photos are a chilling insight into the disaster.


It has been eight years since the earthquake struck Japan and affected its nation and which resonated with people across the globe. Fukushima 50 will deliver a drama unprecedented in the history of Japanese cinema.


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