Rhapsody in August (1991)
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Master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa follows up on his phantasmorgic Dreams with this delicate tale about war and memory. The film centers on Kane (Sachiko Murase) a grandmother who lives on her traditional farm in the hills near Nagasaki. Her husband and a number of siblings died in the 1945 atomic bombing of the city and memories of that event are never far from her mind. She learns that her elder brother, who went to Hawaii to seek his fortune in pineapples, is on his deathbed and would very much
Dec 20, 1991 Wide
Jul 1, 2003
Kane - the Grandmother
Shinjiro - Tadao's Son
Tateo - Yoshie's Son
Minako - Yoshie's Daugh...
Tadao - Kane's Son
Machiko - Tadao's Wife
Yoshie - Kane's Daughte...
These days, people are more interested in Kurosawa than he is in being Kurosawa.
There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification.
A beautiful reminder from octogenarian Akira Kurosawa that he's still the master.
Mr. Gere gives a good, self-effacing performance in a role that's a little unreal. He speaks his own Japanese dialogue easily and is at the center of one of Mr. Kurosawa's most breathtaking moments.
Plain and simple, Rhapsody is mediocre pap. It's nothing compared with his previous work.
A delicately nuanced film about remembrance -- so delicate, perhaps, that it's not terribly memorable itself.
Sad to say, it is far from a major statement from one of our greatest living directors.
A touching heartfelt film by the octogenarian legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
It's proof, as if anyone needed it, that at 82, Kurosawa still possesses all of his artistic filmmaking powers.
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