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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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Director:
Writers:
Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (stories)
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
26 December 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The husband, the wife...or the bandit? See more »
Plot:
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Commoner:We all want to forget something, so we tell stories. It's easier that way.See more »

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159 out of 195 people found the following review useful.
What did we just see?, 10 February 2002
Author: rogierr from Amsterdam, Netherlands

'People forget the unpleasant things. They only remember what they want to remember.'

In Rashomon the editing tells ½ of the story. It may feel experimental or unconventional, but Kurosawa perfects the concept second by second, directing and editing. This film didn't need a big budget to come perfectly to the point. It's a simple tale, but not a superficial tale. Different points of view and selective memories ('It's true! I saw it!') don't only make the woods unsafe, but are one of the most universal topics of humanity. 'We humans are weak creatures. That's why we lie, even to ourselves' says it all actually: it's about what people want to hear and when they start being interested at all, apart from wishful thinking. Selfish excuses vs trust in other people.

Rashomon gets masterful when in one instant there is literally a different point of view: the camera takes another position to shoot the same sequence, thereby forcing the audience to reconsider what they just saw. That is the sort of storytelling that the supposed masters of cinema in our time yet have to equal, or try to copy when they fail. Admitted 'Memento' (2000, Nolan) is a truly great one. Still not THAT universal. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994) didn't come close, 'La Commare Secca' (1962) also didn't. 'Ghost dog: the way of the samurai' (1999) touched another border of the concept, or does it?

The use of (non-original) music in my opinion reveals a certain interest for western influence, not only in Rashomon, but also in Kurosawa's forthcoming films, and is probably why his films were so influential on western filmmakers too.

The cinematography is dynamic and changes scene by scene to emphasize exactly what is going on. The shadows of leaves and branches, captured by cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, make you really feel 'in the woods', while the actors (Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura) convince the remaining part of the audience (which adds up to 100% breathless viewers). It may be after days that you first realize you saw an important film. After weeks you realize that you must see it again to comprehend (despite it's only 85 min), and ironically that is just one of the crucial points that Kurosawa made. 10/10

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