Rashomon

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Released 1951

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Released:
1951
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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.

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  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle G. Allen Johnson

    A penetrating study of the subjectivity of truth and perception, changed cinema forever and inspired the phrase "the Rashomon effect."

  • 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Today, nearly fifty years after it was made, Rashomon has lost none of its fascination or power. It's still a marvelous piece of cinema that asks unanswerable questions of great im...

  • 100

    RogerEbert.com Roger Ebert

    The wonder of Rashomon is that while the shadowplay of truth and memory is going on, we are absorbed by what we trust is an unfolding story.

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Drama

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Psychological, Foreign Language, Classics, 50s