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Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 26 December 1951 (USA)
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Tajômaru
... Masako Kanazawa
... Takehiro Kanazawa
... Woodcutter
... Priest
Kichijirô Ueda ... Commoner
Noriko Honma ... Medium
Daisuke Katô ... Policeman
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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26 December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rashomon  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title "Rashomon" actually refers to the wraparound segments, from a Akutagawa story set at the Rashomon Gate of Kyoto. The actual story related in the film instead comes from another tale by Ryûnosuke Akutagawa, "In a Grove". See more »

Quotes

Woodcutter: I'm the one who should be ashamed. I don't understand my own soul.
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Spoofed in Four Times that Night (1971) See more »

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Bolero
Written by Maurice Ravel CORRECTION: The woman's tale is accompanied by music in the style of the Bolero, using the same background rhythm, and similar orchestration and build-up, but different melodic lines.
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Kurosawa, do I need to say more
7 April 2003 | by 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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