Rashomon (1950)

Rated NR 88 minutes 2009

Set in feudal Japan, this film presents an intriguing tale of violent crime in the woods, told from the perspective of four different characters -- a bandit, a woman, her husband and a woodcutter. Only two things about the incident seem to be clear -- the woman was raped and her husband is now dead. However, the other elements radically differ as the four participants and/or witnesses relate their own stories (with the dead man, eerily enough, speaking through a medium). As each account is revealed, what seemed black-and-white turns to various hues of gray, leading to surprising -- and confounding -- revelations.

Film Credits

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writer: Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto

Producer: Minoru Jingo

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Fumiko Honma and Daisuke Katô

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