Rhapsody in August Reviews

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    Kyle M Super Reviewer
    Apr 28, 2016

    A fine little film by Kurosawa. Plain but evocative. I like late-stage Kurosawa.

    A fine little film by Kurosawa. Plain but evocative. I like late-stage Kurosawa.

  • Sep 07, 2015

    Made when he was 81 and made quickly this is minor Kurosawa for sure, but it does have some great scenes. The march of the ants next to the praying people, the embrace of the dead trees, and the very eerie, creepy and supernatural eye in the sky recollection. This is part 2 of the trilogy that ended Akira's film career after he completed his magnum opus "Ran"- the film he dreamed about making for many years. What makes this film part of the trilogy is the realization that the old woman (my guess is she's in her late eighties) represents Akira himself, and that makes the film fun.

    Made when he was 81 and made quickly this is minor Kurosawa for sure, but it does have some great scenes. The march of the ants next to the praying people, the embrace of the dead trees, and the very eerie, creepy and supernatural eye in the sky recollection. This is part 2 of the trilogy that ended Akira's film career after he completed his magnum opus "Ran"- the film he dreamed about making for many years. What makes this film part of the trilogy is the realization that the old woman (my guess is she's in her late eighties) represents Akira himself, and that makes the film fun.

  • Apr 14, 2015

    It's slow & quiet. Has a lot of moving moments. I enjoyed it.

    It's slow & quiet. Has a lot of moving moments. I enjoyed it.

  • Aug 09, 2013

    Late period Kurosawa and not one of his great films, but very much worth a view.

    Late period Kurosawa and not one of his great films, but very much worth a view.

  • Apr 13, 2013

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  • Dec 06, 2012

    The film starts off as a children's game and ends in tragedy. However, though the it is set up almost perfectly to portray the effect the fall of the a-bomb on Nagasaki had on the generations which followed it, it is very disappointing to see it crumble in anonymity and mediocrity.

    The film starts off as a children's game and ends in tragedy. However, though the it is set up almost perfectly to portray the effect the fall of the a-bomb on Nagasaki had on the generations which followed it, it is very disappointing to see it crumble in anonymity and mediocrity.

  • Jul 25, 2012

    No início achei a atuação das crianças meio irritante. E convenhamos que o Richard Gere só faz uma participação especial de no máximo 30 min, colocaram o nome dele na capa do dvd como se ele fosse o ator principal. Tudo bem, vender um dvd do Akira Kurosawa não deve ser lá muito fácil, é compreensível. O filme é interessante, bonito de assistir.

    No início achei a atuação das crianças meio irritante. E convenhamos que o Richard Gere só faz uma participação especial de no máximo 30 min, colocaram o nome dele na capa do dvd como se ele fosse o ator principal. Tudo bem, vender um dvd do Akira Kurosawa não deve ser lá muito fácil, é compreensível. O filme é interessante, bonito de assistir.

  • Jul 10, 2012

    "Grandma! Don't run away in the rain!" THE END

    "Grandma! Don't run away in the rain!" THE END

  • Apr 10, 2012

    An interesting inter-generational flim centering upon the Nagasaki bombing. The kids learn of the tragedy of their grandmother's past and struggle to come to terms with it, as well as does their parents. The final scene, to me, represents the struggle to recapture that past as it slips away.

    An interesting inter-generational flim centering upon the Nagasaki bombing. The kids learn of the tragedy of their grandmother's past and struggle to come to terms with it, as well as does their parents. The final scene, to me, represents the struggle to recapture that past as it slips away.

  • Apr 04, 2012

    idk why most people said this is one of kurosawa's worst, for me it's not. no matter how 'bad', it still is a film by kurosawa, one of the greatest filmmakers ever lived. it told the beauty of reconciliation: to make peace with past traumas, to accept the loss of loved ones, without being too exploitative (except for the blatantly obvious shirts wore by the kids). great film.

    idk why most people said this is one of kurosawa's worst, for me it's not. no matter how 'bad', it still is a film by kurosawa, one of the greatest filmmakers ever lived. it told the beauty of reconciliation: to make peace with past traumas, to accept the loss of loved ones, without being too exploitative (except for the blatantly obvious shirts wore by the kids). great film.