Rhapsody in August Reviews

April 16, 2018
There is little drama in all of this, but Kurosawa still knows how to set out a strong ending.
December 3, 2016
Absorbing pacifist drama, looks at the links between East and West.
March 4, 2013
These days, people are more interested in Kurosawa than he is in being Kurosawa.
March 4, 2013
Sad to say, it is far from a major statement from one of our greatest living directors.
February 8, 2012
A touching heartfelt film by the octogenarian legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
July 6, 2010
Rhapsody in August is an old man's film in the best possible sense. Though it stares death straight in the face, it is primarily interested in life.
June 24, 2006
There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification.
June 18, 2005
May 15, 2004
A beautiful reminder from octogenarian Akira Kurosawa that he's still the master.
July 16, 2003
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.
January 1, 2000
It's proof, as if anyone needed it, that at 82, Kurosawa still possesses all of his artistic filmmaking powers.
January 1, 2000
Kurosawa's lovely meditation on the nature of American-Japanese relations could not come at a better time.
January 1, 2000
Plain and simple, Rhapsody is mediocre pap. It's nothing compared with his previous work.
January 1, 2000
A delicately nuanced film about remembrance -- so delicate, perhaps, that it's not terribly memorable itself.
January 1, 2000
It is not one of his great films, but shows him thoughtfully trying to come to peace with the central event of his times.