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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 9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Kurosawa is just so damn good See more (239 total) »

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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
Fujiro 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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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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In his autobiography, Akira Kurosawa recalled that one of the biggest problems his crew encountered while filming in the forest was that slugs kept dropping out of the trees onto their heads. The cast and crew had to constantly slather themselves with salt to keep the slugs off.See more »
Quotes:
Commoner:Well, men are only men. That's why they lie. They can't tell the truth, even to themselves.
Priest:That may be true. Because men are weak, they lie to deceive themselves.
Commoner:Not another sermon! I don't mind a lie if it's interesting.
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52 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Kurosawa is just so damn good, 23 January 2005
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

"Rashomon", Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film about a horrible crime and the various versions of the "truth" that come to fruition during the investigation is absolutely amazing, pure and simple. The story is told four different times, each time from the point of view of one of the participants. The basic story of the crime is that a bandit (Mifune) comes across a husband and wife traveling through the forest. The bandit, Tajomaru, seduces/assaults the Masako (Kyo) after tying up her husband Takehiro (Mori), and soon after, Takehiro is dead. What happens between the times Tajomaru encounters the couple and the discovery of Takehiro's body is what is left to be discovered. Masako, Tajomaru and even Takehiro (with the assistance of a medium) each tell their account of the story, each taking blame for Takehiro's death. The fourth telling is from a passer-by, and the audience is left to decide which is the true account.

I absolutely loved this film. I had heard that Yimou Zhang's "Hero" had, if not as an homage, employed the same technique of storytelling and perspective, but seeing this great film was a real treat. The story is original and rich, and Kurosawa always is able to pull great performances from his actors. I found "Rashomon" to be extremely compelling from start to finish, and even managed to be really creeped out at one point. (The psychic medium is pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel) From the very little that I know of Japanese cinema of the 1950's & 1960's, I realize that Kurosawa was not the only director, but he certainly was the trailblazer and set the bar for the genre for decades to come. His peers were putting out material, it was just fairly primitive. (It is easy to forget that not every country's film industry was as opulent as America's) To see this kind of film, a film that is actually incredibly simple, but so ingeniously conceived of and executed makes me remember why I have been and always will be both a student of and lover of film. 8/10 --Shelly

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