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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A pretty good later film of Kurosawa's that is a beautiful but sad story of the gap between generations in relation to war. While the ending could've used work, Richard Gere does good and Kurosawa's usual great direction sidestep that.
An examination of the generational divide in post-war Japan and how the atomic bomb figures into the lives of those who experienced the bombings and the people who now live in that legacy. Told through a slow, almost poetic story, 'Rhapsody' falters in some places, but the scene in which the children examine the memorials donated to Japan by various world powers makes for a harrowing statement.