Rolling Stone - 01/23/1992
"...[The] story radiates a dazzling, painful beauty that pierces the heart..."
New York Times - 12/20/1991
"...The master is as vigorous and as complex as ever....A brave and wonderfully stubborn [film]..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/23/1991
"...A film of the utmost simplicity and serene beauty....A lovely, exalting film..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/14/1992
"...Kurosawa has always been a director of great images, and in his old age he has permitted himself more fanciful, less realistic ones..."
Three generations of a Japanese family are moved by awakening memories of a family event involving an American relative.
In this moving and thought-provoking film from Akira Kurosawa, four Japanese youngsters begin a voyage of discovery when their parents leave for Hawaii and leave them with their grandmother, Kane. The elderly woman has never forgotten the horrors caused by the bombing of Nagasaki during World War II, and tells her grandchildren whatever she remembers about it. Most prominent among her haunting memories remains the death of her husband. Although she has never forgiven America for the bombing, her views -- as well as those of the entire family -- get put to the test when her Japanese-American nephew visits them.