A Doctor’s Sword Showing Tonight on RTE One

Posted August 25, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News

The remarkable feature documentary A Doctor’s Sword is showing tonight, the 25th of August, on RTE One at 10:10pm.

The film tells the story of a young man from Cork who trained in UCC (Dr Aidan MacCarthy) who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which he brought home, and which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

The film has received high praise from critics and audiences alike:

“A fantastic story of shocking suffering and extraordinary endurance and bravery” Sunday Independent

“A jaw to the floor story that puts fiction to shame” Film Ireland

★★★★★ Irish Examiner

★★★★ Irish Times

★★★★ Movies.ie

★★★★ Entertainment.ie

Dr Aidan MacCarthy stands as one of the most incredible survivors of World War II.  He survived Dunkirk and was later captured by the Japanese in Java, he spent almost four years as a prisoner of war and was less than a mile from the epicentre of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

He was the first non-Japanese doctor to assist civilians in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and when Japan surrendered Aidan was given a Samurai sword by the camp commandant – be the reason was shrouded in mystery for almost 70 years.  Aidan’s daughter Nicola travels to Japan in an attempt to discover the origin of the ancestral sword.  On her journey Nicola discovers much more about her father’s incredible story and about the war from both the Allied and Japanese sides.  Recreated through animation, interviews and archive with a full orchestral score, this is a story of forgiveness and humanity at its highest level.

Don’t miss out on seeing this fantastic documentary tonight on RTE One. You can also purchase copies of the DVD here.