Blu-ray, DVD Release: Fukushima 50

Digital/Streaming Release Date: Available now; Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 13, 2021
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $22.99
Studio: Capelight Pictures/MPI

The 2020 Japanese drama Fukushima 50 tells of the workers at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility who, in 2011, risked their lives and stayed at the nuclear power plant to prevent total destruction after the region is devastated by an earthquake an tsunami.

Japan’s Tohoku Region: at a magnitude of 9.0, the strongest earthquake in the country’s history strikes, triggering a huge tsunami and carnage that would end up killing thousands of people and displacing many more. It mercilessly engulfs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, causing a crippling station blackout. Unable to be cooled, the nuclear reactors quickly turn into hydrogen bombs at the brink of explosion. If the power plant is abandoned, Japan’s destruction is assured. Facing a life-or-death situation, the power plant workers known as the “Fukushima 50”, including shift supervisor remain on the site until the bitter end.

Directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu, the film was penned by Yoichi Maekawa based upon Ryusho Kadota’s book On The Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.