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Rhapsody in August (1991)

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

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Kiyoko Murata (novel), Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

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

Tears. Laughter. Innocence. It was a summer of remembering

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en agosto See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,771, 22 December 1991

Gross USA:

$516,431

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$516,431
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Gere memorized his dialogue phonetically and spoke all his own lines. See more »

Quotes

Kane: People do anything just to win war. Sooner or later it will destroy us all.
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References Godzilla (1954) 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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Treasure
23 July 2007 | by sedriteSee all my reviews

A good movie is interesting and easy to understand. This is an absolute treasure of a film. A love letter to Nagasaki. An opportunity to see how deeply the atom bomb affected Japanese culture. An opportunity to see a number of the landmarks of the attack. And edited so wonderfully. Kurosawa always highly prized being able to tell the the story in images alone and understood how composition of shots increases content, and this movie has some very quiet sober shots that hit really really hard. It shows how we can fail to see things that are right under our noses for years and years. How things can happen that you never get over. I loved this movie!!!


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