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Rashomon -- A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks.


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Release Date:
26 December 1951 (USA) See more »
The husband, the wife...or the bandit? See more »
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
Writing credits
Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (stories Rashomon and In a Grove)

Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) and
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)

Produced by
Minoru Jingo .... producer
Masaichi Nagata .... executive producer
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Miyagawa 
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
Production Design by
Takashi Matsuyama 
Set Decoration by
H. Motsumoto 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tokuzô Tanaka .... assistant director
Mitsuo Wakasugi .... assistant director
Visual Effects by
Aurelio x. Vera Jr. .... restoration artist (restored version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fujio Morita .... assistant camera
Kenichi Okamoto .... lighting technician
Other crew
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
François Vila .... press agent

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rashômon" - Japan (original title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Ths "Rashomon" sign from the gate was preserved and kept by Director of Photography Kazuo Miyagawa at his home until his death in 1999.See more »
Priest:I, for one, have seen hundreds of men dying like animals, but even I've never before heard anything as terrible as this. Horrible, it's horrible! There's never been anything, anything as terrible as this, never! It's worse than fires, wars, epidemics, or bandits!See more »
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Referenced in Commune (2005)See more »


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38 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A Technical & Creative Success, 29 September 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

It's hard to tell just how striking "Rashômon" might have seemed to those who watched it in 1950, rather than seeing it after so many subsequent movies and other works have made use of its techniques and ideas. But it's clear that it is a technical and creative success. The story itself is not particularly satisfying, which was most likely by design, and the movie is carried by its structure and by the concept of the markedly different perspectives on the same series of events. The cast also deserve their share of credit for how well it works, and the photography is excellent, as it is in almost all of Kurosawa's films.

Kurosawa's expertise makes the interwoven sequences of past and present - essentially telling two different stories - not only work flawlessly, but fit together thematically. It's even more commendable when compared to some of the subsequent films that have tried to use similar ideas, only to come off as pretentious rather than creative or innovative. Kurosawa was also working with much less in terms of possible precedents.

In one sense, the choice of specific story material could seem a little odd.

The downbeat, rather sordid scenario makes the movie somewhat less enjoyable than several of Kurosawa's other pictures (which is, admittedly, a pretty high standard), and as a result "Rashômon" is more a film to respect and admire than one to enjoy and take pleasure from. Still, it does have significantly more substance to it than do most of the more recent pictures that have been deliberately downbeat or negative in their portrayals of humanity. Such stories are more trendy at present, and they often receive undue praise simply for so being.

At the same time, the lack of sympathetic characters and the paucity of hopeful developments bring out all the more its success in developing its ideas about narrative and about reality, ideas that are more fundamental and, in their way, perhaps at least as important as any specific story or events.

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