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Rhapsody in August (1991)

Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku (original title)
PG | | Drama | 20 December 1991 (USA)
Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sachiko Murase ...
Kane
Hisashi Igawa ...
Tadao
Narumi Kayashima ...
Machino
Tomoko Ôtakara ...
Tami
Mitsunori Isaki ...
Shinjiro
Toshie Negishi ...
Kane's daughter
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Tateo
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Noboru
Mieko Suzuki ...
Minako (as Mie Suzuki)
...
Clark (as Richâdo Gia)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shizuko Azuma
Satoko Hayashi
Masahito Hirose
Noriko Honma ...
Mourner
Ayao Imada
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Storyline

An elderly woman living in Nagasaki Japan takes care of her four grandchildren for their summer vacation. They learn about the atomic bomb that fell in 1945, and how it killed their grandfather. Written by Matthew Rorie <mrorie@vt.edu>

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Tears. Laughter. Innocence. It was a summer of remembering See more »

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20 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en agosto  »

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$516,431 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was based on the Kiyoko Murata novel "In the Stew" which Kurosawa had read while filming "Dreams." He adapted it to a script in about 15 days. See more »

Quotes

Kane: People do anything just to win war. Sooner or later it will destroy us all.
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Connections

References I Live in Fear (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Stabat Mater
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by James Bowman with The Academy of Ancient Music
Conducted by Christopher Hogwood
Courtesy of L'Oiseau-Lyre, through Polydor Records
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Quite sad, but powerful movie
12 February 1999 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

We won't forget the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Akira Kurosawa makes sure of that, but not with a revengeful attitude, rather as a reminder to all humanity that we must care for each other and respect one another because the consequences of not doing so will be paid by all human beings.


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