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||IMDB Rating: 8.3/10 from votes
||Release: 25 August 1950 (Japan) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama
||Director: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa,
||Stars: Daisuke Katô, Kichijirô Ueda, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Minoru Chiaki, Noriko Honma, Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune
||Synopsis: 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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'People forget the unpleasant things. They only remember what they want to
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
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.
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, Kichijirô Ueda
, Machiko Kyô
, Masayuki Mori
, Minoru Chiaki
, Noriko Honma
, Takashi Shimura
, Toshirô Mifune
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