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Story

The final film released in the U.S. by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa looks at the atomic blast at Nagasaki from a distance of more than 40 years, through the eyes of a woman who survived it--and the grandchildren who are spending the summer with her. Though she tries not to think about it, the memory of the bombing is with her every day, in the family she lost and the scars she still carries. But the grandchildren insist on seeing the memorial, which brings it home to her once again--and to us. Though sometimes slow going (and what is Richard Gere doing in this movie, as her Amer-Asian nephew?), Rhapsody in August is a story about family and about living in the present while never being allowed to forget the past. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Richard Gere
Sachiko Murase

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 98 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 20, 1991
    EuropeSep 27, 1991
    JapanMay 25, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 1, 2003
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