WWII Japanese Balloon Bomb documentary makes world premiere Dec. 2

“Fu-Go: The Great Balloon Bomb Invasion” documentary filmed in Klamath County makes its world premiere

A documentary film shot predominantly in Klamath County in 2021 will make its long-awaited debut on Thursday, Dec. 2 on the Discovery+ streaming service.

The Great Balloon Bomb Invasion” (working title “Fu-Go”) was filmed in June by a Los Angeles-based film crew, shooting much of the documentary at the Klamath County Museum and in Bly, Ore. at the site of the Mitchell Monument. The film is an approximately 97-minute deep dive into a largely forgotten aspect of World War II history by a team of researchers seeking to tell the story of Japanese balloon bombs that utilized the jet stream to send incendiary bombs across the Pacific Ocean to attack the United States mainland. The bombs fell across the North America as far away as Indiana and Texas, but it was only in Southern Oregon where they had an impact when a group having a picnic outside of Bly discovered an unexploded bomb, which upon detonation killed six people. It marked the only deaths attributed to the war to occur on mainland U.S. soil.

The film explores relics of the bombs, interviews experts and families impacted by the 1945 incident, and explores areas of Southern Oregon where records show that an unexploded balloon bomb may still be buried.

Klamath Film played an integral role in the film’s development, providing extensive research, digging through historic archives, lining up interviews with regional experts, and providing assistance as needed before and after  primary filming.

The film makes its world premiere on Thursday, Dec. 2 streaming on Discovery+. Other films made in Klamath County in 2021 include “This is Their Land” (premiering in 2022), “Matterhorn” (world premiered at KIFF2021), “The Private Dance” (2022), and “When the Water Stopped” (premiered Nov. 2021 on Al Jazeera).

For more information read this article courtesy of the Herald & News: https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/story-of-fatal-bly-balloon-bomb-featured-in-documentary/article_dfdbefbc-d44d-54a1-b42c-a1dfb7a40e69.html

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