you won't find any samurai in this picture nor any contemporary corrupt governmental officials, and there is no romance whatsoever. but what you will find is a thoughtful (frequently completely misunderstood) film about a survivor of the nagasaki atom bomb, her children and grandchildren and the things (like money from pineapple) that make the world go round.
rhapsody in august is a “minor” film from kurosawa with some problematic areas. it has a static start, a section in the middle relying on false, manufactured drama, and it can be “on the nose” at times. the young cast isn’t always up to snuff either. however, there are shots that are quite beautiful, kurosawa handles his nuclear fears with quite a bit of nuance, and he’s stretching in subject matter, by making a family drama, and in style. it’s a flawed film, but not an unsuccessful one.