Rashomon (1950)

Rated NR 88 min.

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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