There was some news recently that James Cameron might be producing or even potentially directing a film about Hiroshima. He’d optioned a book called The Last Train From Hiroshima, by Charles Pellegrino, a friend of the director.

Now publication of the book is being halted, because publisher Henry Holt and Company “was not able to answer” questions about the veracity of some of Pellegrino’s facts. Some of the people mentioned in the purportedly factual book may not exist. Oops! Probably won’t see a movie from Cameron any time soon. Read More »

James Cameron Options Last Train to Hiroshima


While in Japan to promote Avatar, James Cameron visited Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who until his death this week was the only man to have been officially recognized as a survivor of the bombs dropped on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While visiting Yamaguchi, Cameron pledged to “pass on his rare and harrowing experience to future generations.” Because Cameron was accompanied by author Charles Pellegrino, speculation arose that the director might be developing a film based on Pellegrino’s book Last Train to Hiroshima, which will be published on January 19. Indeed, that’s exactly what is happening. Read More »


Update: Sad news. Tsutomi Yamaguchi has died. A tragic reminder of how important Cameron’s promise to honour the victims of this tragic moment in history actually is. Here’s the Guardian’s report.

After years and years of slaving away over Avatar – though most definitely, I think we’re agreed, not in vain – what is James Cameron doing now? It would seem he’s already plunged straight back into hard work.

According to reports, Cameron paid a visit to Nagasaki, Japan, on the 22nd of December. He was there to visit Tsutomu Yamaguchi, one of the few survivors of the American Atomic bomb attacks on Japan in the second World War. Cameron made the visit to a hospital, where Yamaguchi is staying, being treated for cancer. He was accompanied by Charles Pellegrino, who has written a new book about the attrocities called The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back.

Where this becomes relevent to /Film is in Cameron’s pledge to Yamaguchi, his stated intent to “pass on his rare and harrowing experience to future generations”.

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