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Rhapsody in August

Rhapsody in August (1991)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Akira Kurosawa, Kiyoko Murata

Jul 1, 2003

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These days, people are more interested in Kurosawa than he is in being Kurosawa.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A beautiful reminder from octogenarian Akira Kurosawa that he's still the master.

May 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Plain and simple, Rhapsody is mediocre pap. It's nothing compared with his previous work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A delicately nuanced film about remembrance -- so delicate, perhaps, that it's not terribly memorable itself.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Sad to say, it is far from a major statement from one of our greatest living directors.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A touching heartfelt film by the octogenarian legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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It's proof, as if anyone needed it, that at 82, Kurosawa still possesses all of his artistic filmmaking powers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Kurosawa's lovely meditation on the nature of American-Japanese relations could not come at a better time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Rhapsody in August

pretty decent film. a late film for kurosawa made toward the end of his life, its one of my least favorite of his but still a great watch. this is a film about 4 kids spending the summer with their grandma in nagasaki reliving the events of the atomic bomb in 1945. richard gere appears in this film and was a little miscast. gere being in this film is maybe the only decision kurosawa has ever made that i would question, but this was still a solid film. a problem that i had as an american was that the japanese characters were a little condemning about the US dropping the a-bomb, which they have a right to be, but they never mention the fact that we dropped the bomb because they attacked us first. they make it sound like we dropped the a-bomb because we had nothing better to do that day. but it was still great to see the japanese perspective on a horific event in human history.
April 8, 2007
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danny d

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Well,it isn't the worst Kurosawa,that's a gravity point.It's pathetic nonetheless.Piety and respect to the fruitful generation in spite of the elders' guidance and alternatively,the cycle continues by giving props to the what occurred in a critical epoch of a land e.g. the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki.Props as in mournful homage.All's well that end's well but what's the utter point for all this?Just for Gere commercial?
September 11, 2010
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Dimitris Springer

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Not one of Kurosawa's best, bust visually stunning.
March 4, 2008
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Fantastic!
December 23, 2007
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Leo L

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