Rhapsody in August



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IMDb Rating 7.2 10 6695

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

A very sad tale about the war

This story is about the grandkids who come to stay with their elderly grandmother while their families go on vacation. At first, the kids are pretty bored living out in the country, but over time they grow to appreciate the simplicity as well as the chance to spend quality time with grandma. Slowly, she begins to talk to them about the past. It seems that their parents have never really told them about this--in particular, how grandma had survived a nuclear attack but had lost most of those she held dear. Unfortunately, while this is slowly revealed, at the same time, grandma's mind begins to wane and she ultimately degenerates into senility and despair. Later, the parents and Richard Gere of all people return and they talk about the past--until Gere finds out that his Japanese father died and he is wanted back home to make arrangements. A very odd film but interesting because it deals with the long-term impact of war.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 6 / 10

One of Kurasawa's weakest, but not a bad film

Hearing about Rhapsody in August before seeing the film, I was seriously expecting a bad film with a lot of people saying it was Kurasawa's worst. Well, I wouldn't call it one of his finest, but I am not yet in a position to say it's his worst as I haven't seen every single one of his films(I will be watching Madadeyo in due course and see if it was as underwhelming as I remember). Rhapsody in August I do find a flawed film, the script is not entirely sure which way it wants to go and sometimes has a melodramatic tone, the ending is rather confusing and abrupt, the children's acting is rather stilted at times and Richard Gere while trying hard to bring a sense of understatement felt out of place to me. However, it is delicately directed by Kurasawa, and contains some typically gorgeous cinematography and images, especially the rose blooming and the ants. The score is pleasant and never over-bearing, and the story is humanistic and genuinely moving. Of the characters, the most intriguing and well developed was the grandmother Kane. Her scenes are the most haunting and poignant of the film, and she is powerfully acted by Sachiko Murase. All in all, while not Kurasawa's finest hour, I didn't find it a bad film and better than I was led to believe. Even at his worst, Kurasawa is better than a lot of directors now at their best, to me anyway. 6/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 8 / 10

We Will Do Ourselves In!

This movie is not about whether the bomb should have been dropped. It is about war and the spoils of war. The grandma tells the children about death and destruction that happen when two forces attack one another. The problem in 1945 was that nuclear weapons were unleashed. However, going back in time, as soon as primitive man had sticks, they used them to bash each other over the head and the belongings went to the winner. This is a quiet tale of four Japanese teens who are being looked after by their grandma. She listens to them complain (even though their experiences are non-existent) and sends them off to investigate the city of Nagasaki. They are touched by the stories of the people who survived. They await a trip to Hawaii to see the brother of their grandmother, who is ill. Things get complicated due to the return of the parents and some miscommunication. The family is visited by a relative played by a very young Richard Gere. He is soft spoken and respectful. But the biggest scene stealer is the the grandma. She is so complex and believable. The final scene is striking cinematography. We learn the resiliency of the people and their efforts to hang on to the memories of those they lost and the evils of war in general. Quite a different tack for Kurosawa.

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