Rashomon is the 1950 Japanese crime drama classic from legendary director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai. Ran, Yojimbo) and starring frequent collaborator, acclaimed Japanese actor Toshiro Mafune (Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai). Rashomon is set in Medieval Japan, (exactly when is not stated, and irrelevant), and revolves around the murder of a nobleman and the rape of his wife. The story is related by four separate people, and is being discussed by three men sheltering at Rashomon Gate from torrential rain. The stories are told by the suspect, (a bandit), the murdered man's wife, a woodcutter, (a witness to the murder), and the dead man himself through a medium. Each story is different and all have reasons for lying. During the court scenes the judge is never seen, and the witnesses are facing the audience. Therefore the viewers themselves are the judge.