in about 100 words or less
Japan 98m, Colour
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Sachiko Murase, Hisashi Igawa, Narumi Kayashima, Tomoko Otakara, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshie Negishi, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Choichiro Kawarazaki, Mieko Suzuki, Richard Gere
Rhapsody in August is the poignant story of an elderly woman’s recollections about her husband who was killed in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. In caring for her grandchildren while their parents are in Hawaii visiting an American-born relative, grandmother Kane relates the terrible events and the aftermath to her grandchildren who begin to realize the magnitude of the event beyond the formal history which they had learned in school. The film’s thoughtful exploration of the generational differences and eventual understanding is a tragic, but beautiful and moving experience (Klaus Ming February 2012).