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Rashômon ()


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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

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Tajômaru
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Masako Kanazawa
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Takehiro Kanazawa
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Woodcutter
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Priest
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Commoner
Noriko Honma ...
Medium
Daisuke Katô ...
Policeman
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Anthony La Penna ...
Priest (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

Written by

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Ryûnosuke Akutagawa ... (stories Rashomon and In a Grove)
 
Akira Kurosawa ... (screenplay) and
Shinobu Hashimoto ... (screenplay)

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Minoru Jingo ... producer
Masaichi Nagata ... executive producer

Music by

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Fumio Hayasaka

Cinematography by

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Kazuo Miyagawa

Film Editing by

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Akira Kurosawa

Production Design by

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Takashi Matsuyama

Set Decoration by

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H. Motsumoto

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Tai Katô ... chief assistant director
Tokuzô Tanaka ... assistant director
Mitsuo Wakasugi ... assistant director

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Tsuchitarô Hayashi ... sound assistant
Iwao Ôtani ... sound

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Aurelio x. Vera Jr. ... restoration artist
Rejyna Douglass-Whitman ... restoration supervisor (uncredited)

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Kanichi Aoki ... assistant camera
Kenichi Araki ... assistant camera
Fujio Morita ... assistant camera
Gengon Nakaoka ... lighting assistant (as Genken Nakaoka)
Kenichi Okamoto ... lighting technician
Hiroshi Shibata ... dolly grip

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Teruyo Nogami ... script supervisor
François Vila ... press agent

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 knows more than he let on at the trial, thus bringing into question his own actions. But another discovery at Rashômon and the resulting actions from the discovery bring back into focus the woodcutter's own humanity or lack thereof. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Rashou-mon (Japan)
  • Rashomon (South Africa, English title)
  • Rashomon (New Zealand, English title)
  • Rashomon (United States)
  • Rashomon (World-wide, English title)
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  • 88 min
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Budget $250,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia During shooting, the cast approached Kurosawa en masse with the script and asked him, "What does it mean?" The answer Akira Kurosawa gave at that time and also in his biography is that Rashomon (1950) is a reflection of life, and life does not always have clear meanings. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Papillon d'amour (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Woman's Tale Theme (Bolero) See more »
Quotes Commoner: It's human to lie. Most of the time we can't even be honest with ourselves.
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