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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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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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the same (Hi-)story again
19 November 2005 | by oboninSee 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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