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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:

PG | See all certifications »
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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

The film was based on the Kiyoko Murata novel "In the Stew" which Akira Kurosawa had read while filming Dreams (1990). 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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Connections

References Godzilla (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Heidenröslein
(uncredited)
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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Visually and Emotionally Stunning
2 May 2000 | by elomSee all my reviews

A beautiful, beautiful film. If you only know Kurosawa through Seven Samurai then this will come as something of a shock. Gentle, sensitive, moving and uplifting. The cinematography is sumptuous with plenty of touches that let you know that this is no ordinary film maker. By far the best of his later films in my opinion.

Don't be confused by the 'starring Richard Gere' tag. He only has a minor part, though he takes it well.

Just go and see it!


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