Rhapsody in August
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Master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa follows up on his phantasmorgic Dreams with this delicate tale about war and memory. The film centers on Kane (Sachiko Murase) a grandmother who lives on her traditional farm in the hills near Nagasaki. Her husband and a number of siblings died in the 1945 atomic bombing of the city and memories of that event are never far from her mind. She learns that her elder brother, who went to Hawaii to seek his fortune in pineapples, is on his deathbed and would very much like to see his sister one last time. Her half-American nephew Clark (played by none other than… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"These days, people are more interested in Kurosawa than he is in being Kurosawa."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Mr. Gere gives a good, self-effacing performance in a role that's a little unreal. He speaks his own Japanese dialogue easily and is at the center of one of Mr. Kurosawa's most breathtaking moments."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Sad to say, it is far from a major statement from one of our greatest living directors."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Kurosawa's lovely meditation on the nature of American-Japanese relations could not come at a better time."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
"There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Plain and simple, Rhapsody is mediocre pap. It's nothing compared with his previous work."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A touching heartfelt film by the octogenarian legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A beautiful reminder from octogenarian Akira Kurosawa that he's still the master."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A delicately nuanced film about remembrance -- so delicate, perhaps, that it's not terribly memorable itself."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It's proof, as if anyone needed it, that at 82, Kurosawa still possesses all of his artistic filmmaking powers."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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