Rhapsody in August Reviews

March 4, 2013
These days, people are more interested in Kurosawa than he is in being Kurosawa.
June 24, 2006
There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification.
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
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.