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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:
... Kane
... 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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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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20 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en agosto  »

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$516,431
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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Kane: I got old and so did this organ.
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References Gojira (1954) See more »

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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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the same (Hi-)story again
19 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

When I saw this movie, I remembered Louis-Ferdinand Celine's book, "Journey to the End of the Night", a anti-war book. Reading reviews about the movie, listening to what people in the US had to say, seeing the reaction of the American media to this movie, I was sad, simply sad. This movie is not about Japan, it's not about America, it could have been anywhere a war had happened.

This movie is a poem against war and the scars it leaves forever deep in the mind of the people who suffered those wars. Those who didn't suffer a war are lucky, and shouldn't be blamed for being this lucky, but they should see movies like this to understand what war is about. The world is never better after war. The first ones to agree to settle things through warfare are the ones who didn't suffer war. There are no winners in a war, just remember.

I'm sorry that all those who felt attacked in their pride as Americans are missing the point of this movie. If your father or your grandfather, or your friend has been to war, just listen to them.

The performance of the grandmother will make you forget you're watching a movie! It is filmed simply and un-pretentiously, though is a very emotional film.

Enjoy.

PS: Oh and I'm not Japanese...


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