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Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991)

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 Toshie Negishi ... Kane's daughter
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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en agosto See more »

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Gross USA:

$516,431
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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. See more »

Quotes

Kane: People do anything just to win war. Sooner or later it will destroy us all.
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References Gojira (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Heidenröslein
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Lyrics by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tomoko Ôtakara, Mieko Suzuki and Mitsunori Isaki
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Nagasaki mon amour.
4 May 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A beautiful and deeply moving work,it deals with a taboo subject which is rarely treated on the screen.The approach is much different from that of Alain Resnais in "Hiroshima mon amour",and the main reason is that the director is Japanese.Far from Marguerite Duras' verbal logorrhea,Kurosawa lets us in the tragedy through children's eyes,and their simple and naive words.These children,who visit the memorial, only know what the history books tell:almost nothing.

One of the movie's main subject is building some kind of bridge between two generations(a bridge over troubled water,because the adults are rather unsympathetic characters).Kurosawa's granny is universal,she 's the embodiment of suffering,forgiveness and wisdom."Blame it on the war" she keeps on repeating during the whole movie.And her hard-earned peace of mind ,she tries to communicate it to her four grandsons.She does want to see his brother ,now dying,who emigrated to Hawai and made his fortune in pineapples, a long time ago,and his family.The children's fathers are mean little bourgeois,only interested in these American relatives' dough and luxury mansion with pools,the mothers hateful silly geese.None of them can understand the grandmother any more.

So if there's some hope to be found,it can only lie in the relationship old/young,skipping a whole generation,with the exception of minor Richard Gere character.The four children and their granny sitting under a blue moonlight when the adults are talking social promotion and money is beautifully filmed.But it will not delude for long.The last pictures are a real metaphor:sure the road to follow for the youngsters is the grandmother's one,which does not forget the past ,but it's a rocky road,edged with chasms .


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