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Rhapsody in August (1991)

Rhapsody in August

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

43%
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 5,103

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Akira Kurosawa , Kiyoko Murata
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 1, 2003
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for Rhapsody in August

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (6) | DVD (3)

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

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A beautiful reminder from octogenarian Akira Kurosawa that he's still the master.

Full Review… | May 15, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Plain and simple, Rhapsody is mediocre pap. It's nothing compared with his previous work.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A delicately nuanced film about remembrance -- so delicate, perhaps, that it's not terribly memorable itself.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Sad to say, it is far from a major statement from one of our greatest living directors.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's proof, as if anyone needed it, that at 82, Kurosawa still possesses all of his artistic filmmaking powers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

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?

jimbotender
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

½

Not one of Kurosawa's best, bust visually stunning.

threefolddado
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

½

Fantastic!

iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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