Rhapsody in August

Rhapsody in August

“Weapons of mass destruction”, there’s a reason why they’re called that. On 9 August 1945, American forces dropped their second atomic bomb, codenamed “Fat Man”, onto the city of Nagasaki. It was devastating. Between thirty-five and forty thousand people died almost instantly from the detonation at ground zero due to the shockwave and heat-blast of the bomb. Ultimately sixty to eighty thousand people died as a direct result of the bombing. The blast flattened buildings and crippled the region’s industries. Many of those who survived the blast itself died painful deaths later in life due to the effects of over-exposure of radiation.

With such utter destruction, the human mind finds it difficult to fathom the loss that came from that day. Rhapsody in August is a story about an elderly woman who lost her husband in the attack and is still haunted by the loss many decades later. A far more personal perspective of the harms of war, follow Kane and her family as she shares her stories as each subsequent generation deals with the effects that the tragedy has had on her. Sachiko Murase plays her role as Kane beautifully, and the film’s simple symbolism of the past is artful and poignant.

Saturday the 25th of August at 19:50 on ST Movies Plus ch 100 (Super Package)