Rhapsody in August

Tokyo: Shochiku Films, 1990. Draft script for the 1991 film, dated May 28, 1990, about a year before its release.

A tale of three generations in a postwar Japanese family and their responses to the atomic bombing of Japan. When the film played at the Tokyo Film Festival, critics of Japanese militarism said Kurosawa had ignored the historical facts leading up to the bomb. Kurosawa's response was simple: he wanted his film to say that war was between governments, not people. Richard Gere plays one of the family’s Asian-American cousins, a decision falling somewhere between stunt casting and commentary.

Set in Nagasaki and shot on location there.

Blue titled wrappers, dated 5.28.1990. Title page present. 166 leaves, with last page of text numbered 150. Mechanical duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine.

Rosenbaum 1000.

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