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Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991) Poster

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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'.
Richard Gere memorized his dialogue phonetically and spoke all his own lines.
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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.
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 64th Academy Awards in 1992.
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One of three Kurosawa films warning viewers of the dangers of nuclear power. The other two were I Live In Fear and Dreams.
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