Rhapsody in August (1991) 1080p YIFY Movie

Rhapsody in August (1991) 1080p

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. —Matthew Rorie

IMDB: 7.20 Likes

  • Genre: Drama |
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.80G
  • Resolution: 1920*1024 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: Japanese 5.1  
  • Run Time: 98
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 
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  • Peers/Seeds: 5 / 7

The Synopsis for Rhapsody in August (1991) 1080p

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. —Matthew Rorie


The Director and Players for Rhapsody in August (1991) 1080p

[Director]Akira Kurosawa
[Role:]Richard Gere
[Role:]Sachiko Murase
[Role:]Hisashi Igawa


The Reviews for Rhapsody in August (1991) 1080p


A heartfelt look at human tragedyReviewed bygbill-74877Vote: 8/10

Such a touching, heartfelt film. The image of the grandma walking in the driving rain with that umbrella is one of the best Kurosawa ever put on the screen, and always makes me emotional. The film has several other scenes that make me tingly, especially early on, when the grandchildren of a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki begin probing and internalizing the past. The middle section is not quite as strong and I'm not sure how I feel about Richard Gere, but the biggest issue could be that Kurosawa doesn't comment on the broader context of the war and then uses a heavy hand in telling the story of this family's suffering.

Two grandmothers in our family passed away in the last few years, and I can just hear them howling at the grandmother in this film. One of them lost her brother on his 18th birthday to a kamikaze attack in the Philippines. The other had to flee with her family to escape the marauding Japanese army as it committed horrific atrocities in her country. To them and to many others, empathy is hard, and I understand that. And yet thinking about the 110,000 to 210,000 civilians killed from the two bombs, a staggering number regardless of which estimate you believe, it's beyond heartbreaking.

Sometimes I think the heaviness of an artist's message is proportional to their frustration with it not having been heard. It seems to me Kurosawa wanted to remind people of this enormous loss of life and its effect to the present day, human tragedies which were (and are) independent of Japan's militarism and the atrocities they committed that brought it on. With patriotism and a cavalier attitude toward the world soaring in America 45 years later, to some that threatened the narrative defending the decision to drop the bombs, which to me is unfortunate and I think misses the point.

To get the most out of this film, I think it's best seen with an open mind, and open heart. I cry thinking about what all of these grandmothers went through. May it never happen again. But how can we possibly have a chance of preventing that, if we don't acknowledge the truth, from all sides?

hardly Kurosawa's bestReviewed bymjneu59Vote: 6/10

Akira Kurosawa, in the twilight of his career, turned his attention to a quiet study of lingering wartime trauma, showing different generations of Japanese civilians recalling the atom bombing of Nagasaki, with varying degrees of shame, understanding, and curiosity. By coincidence the film opened just after the 50-year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but Kurosawa isn't interested in scratching old war wounds, and his characters show more envy than hatred of Western culture: note how the jeans and t-shirts worn by the younger kids are always colored in some combination of red, white and blue. But the story is too polite to generate anything resembling a conflict, and the occasional profound image (a rose in full bloom, surrounded by ants) may not be enough to hold the viewer's attention through the final credits. Late in life, Kurosawa the artist gave way to Kurosawa the messenger, and the result here is another mild disappointment from an acknowledged master filmmaker resting on his laurels: heartfelt and certainly respectable, but too often rarely more than simply dull.

Not as bad as I fearedReviewed bycounterrevolutionaryVote: 6/10

RHAPSODY IN AUGUST is not an anti-American film. Although some of the characters express anti-American sentiments, the film rejects them. And Richard Gere's character does not apologize for the atomic bombing (which would have been unforgivably presumptuous of Kurosawa). He apologizes for his family's ignorance of the fate of his uncle.

But that's not to say that this is a good film. Kurosawa hectors the audience, which is a thing he hardly ever does. And surely Kurosawa could have found a more interesting American actor than Richard Gere to play Clark. And it is true that Kurosawa, while eschewing an anti-American stance, does try to pin the blame on "war," meaning that he tries to parcel the blame out equally. But of course, the blame for WWII isn't shared equally. Perhaps having Clark mention that his mother's brother died at Pearl Harbor, or making his wife a Chinese-American whose parents were murdered at Nanking, might have served as a prophylactic against this moral failing. Of course, this might have meant that Kurosawa would have had to come to terms with his own past as a wartime propagandist for the government which committed those crimes.

Perhaps the silliest aspect of the film is its indignant insistence that Americans don't want to discuss the bombings.

Please. We discuss it all the time. We debate, and we agonize, and we yammer endlessly about what might have happened, and what did Truman think might have happened, and what if this and what if that. We also talk about the firebombings of Tokyo and Dresden, the sellout to Stalin at Yalta, and all the other things we did which are at least morally questionable if not criminal.

And to have this point of view put forth in a film which studiously avoids mention of Pearl Harbor, Nanking, the Philippines, Bataan, the atrocities in the POW camps, or any other undoubted crimes committed by the Japanese government is particularly galling.

All in all, the poorest of the 22 Kurosawa films which I have seen. The only thing here to which I can give unqualified praise is the remarkable performance of Sachiko Murase as Kane.

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