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Rashomon

Famously, Rashomon – which won both the Golden Lion in Venice and the Oscar for Foreign-Language Film – introduced Western audiences to Japanese cinema in general and to the thrilling artistry of Akira Kurosawa in particular. Like ...

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Title: Rashomon
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
Release Date: 2010-06-18
Production Country: Japan
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
Film Duration: 88
Production Year: 1950
Distributor: BFI

Synopsis: Famously, Rashomon – which won both the Golden Lion in Venice and the Oscar for Foreign-Language Film – introduced Western audiences to Japanese cinema in general and to the thrilling artistry of Akira Kurosawa in particular. Likewise well-known is the fact that its story of rape and murder in 12th century Kyoto is related in four conflicting versions, each reflecting the experience – or, more troublingly, desire for sympathy – of one of those present at the crime: a bandit (a memorably bestial Toshiro Mifune), a samurai and his wife, and a woodcutter. But the film, with its ingeniously framed flashbacks, is considerably subtler and richer than most subsequent films demonstrating the relativity of 'truth'; it also succeeds as a caustic study of human weakness. Fast-paced, endlessly inventive (one of the flashbacks represents the viewpoint of a dead man!) and visually superb, this philosophical action-movie also boasts great performances from a first-rate team of Kurosawa regulars.

Rashomon

Title: Rashomon
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
Release Date: 2010-06-18
Production Country: Japan
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
Film Duration: 88
Production Year: 1950
Distributor: BFI
Age Limit: 0+

Synopsis: Famously, Rashomon – which won both the Golden Lion in Venice and the Oscar for Foreign-Language Film – introduced Western audiences to Japanese cinema in general and to the thrilling artistry of Akira Kurosawa in particular. Likewise well-known is the fact that its story of rape and murder in 12th century Kyoto is related in four conflicting versions, each reflecting the experience – or, more troublingly, desire for sympathy – of one of those present at the crime: a bandit (a memorably bestial Toshiro Mifune), a samurai and his wife, and a woodcutter. But the film, with its ingeniously framed flashbacks, is considerably subtler and richer than most subsequent films demonstrating the relativity of 'truth'; it also succeeds as a caustic study of human weakness. Fast-paced, endlessly inventive (one of the flashbacks represents the viewpoint of a dead man!) and visually superb, this philosophical action-movie also boasts great performances from a first-rate team of Kurosawa regulars.

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