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Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991)

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)
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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

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Release Date:

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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At the top of his career from starring alongside 'Julia Roberts' in Pretty Woman, Richard Gere was earning millions of dollars per picture. Kurosawa's company felt they were unable to pay his salary, to which Gere responded with "I'll work free for Kurosawa." Not wanting to take advantage of the actor, they offered him a modest sum, as well as offering to pay for all his travel expenses, including friends he wanted to bring with him to Japan while he worked. One of those friends included 'Cindy Crawford'. See more »

Quotes

Kane: People do anything just to win war. Sooner or later it will destroy us all.
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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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6 April 2004 | by (Mississippi,United States) – See all my reviews

I had missed a viewing of this film a few months ago and waited with anticipation for another viewing to take place. I thought the film was quite fascinating when the grandmother told stories about life around the bombing of Nagasaki in WW2. Her moments with her grandchildren were what made the film a pleasure for me. It shows me that no matter where the location is there is still a grandmother telling young children tales of the ole days. The film is at times uneven mainly because it can not decide if it wants to focus on the grandchildren and their matriarch or discuss her half american nephew(Richard Gere) coming to visit. I believe that Kurasawa was using grandma as a casualty of war. She shows in her tales how the war has haunted her. It never leaves. There is one story she tells about her seeing an eye in the sky as the mushroom cloud flashes in the sky as the bomb drops. Other stories tell about a man running off with a shoemaker's wife to a place where two trees committed "double suicide". The film works best when grandma is able to be the center of the story..she was the most intriguing character. I always wanted to hear what she had to say. The film has good moments with Richard Gere,but they are way too short. The ending is a haunting image of what war can do to a person who lives with that tragedy. ****/*****


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