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Rhapsody in August

Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, 1991


The story reflects on the economic wars between the United States and Japan and the aftermath of the bombing of Nagasaki, by focusing on three generations of two related families: an American family of pineapple growers in Hawaii and a Japanese family living outside Nagasaki.

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Rhapsody in August Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Awards & Festivals

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1992 | 4 wins including: Best Cinematography

1992 | 6 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

Now that I find that his latest feature, Rhapsody in August, is being castigated across the globe for its sentimentality and irrelevance, it seems like a good time to come to Kurosawa’s defense, especially since I find this film at the very least more affecting and accomplished than any of his movies since Kagemusha (1980).
February 21, 1992
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