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Rhapsody In August (1991)
Starring: Richard Gere, Sachiko Murase, Hidetaka Yoshioka
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: MGM / UA
98 mins



"Touching and Wonderful" - Time

Academy Award winner Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai) delivers "the most intimate drama of his career" (Los Angeles Times), a stunning epic that is as visually tantalizing as it is emotionally touching. Set in the gorgeous country side surrounding Nagasaki and starring Sachiko Murase, Hidetaka Yoshioka and Golden Globe winner Richard Gere, this endearing saga follows a Japanese family once torn apart by war and now facing personal demons brought on by contact with American cousins lost long ago.

Sachiko Murase is stunning as the aging matriach of a Nagasaki family that has long lived with a legacy of horror brought on by World War II. But when an older brother she never knew she had resurfaces - along with his Japanese-American descendants - she must come to terms with her most deeply held feelings about America and her haunted past.


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