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Rashômon (1950)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 26 December 1951 (USA)
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

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A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story - that Tajômaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife - but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ. The woodcutter reveals at Rashômon that he ... Written by Huggo

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Exciting and Unusual Japanese Drama! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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26 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Rashomon  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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In the wife's vision, the music used was only available during post-production. Akira Kurosawa and his editor were amazed when they found that the music corresponded almost perfectly with the action on the screen and they didn't need to change the scene to match the music. See more »

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Priest: War, earthquake, winds, fire, famine, the plague. Year after year, it's been nothing but disasters. And bandits descend upon us every night. I've seen so many men getting killed like insects, but even I have never heard a story as horrible as this. Yes. So horrible. This time, I may finally lose my faith in the human soul. It's worse than worse than bandits, the plague, famine, fire or wars.
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Kurosawa, do I need to say more
7 April 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Kurosawa tells a story four times through different characters. The characters tell the story different four times. In flash-backs, all as the characters tell them, we see the stories. Are they lying, are they all telling their own truth or is there someone who tells THE truth? The way this is handled by Kurosawa is absolutely masterful.

Of course, his direction is great. Together with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa they do a tremendous job with the atmosphere in the woods. With perfect light angles it looks beautiful.

A real Japanese classic.


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