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Rashomon (Criterion Collection)

Toshirô Mifune , Machiko Kyô , Akira Kurosawa    Unrated   DVD
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This 1950 film by Akira Kurosawa is more than a classic: it's a cinematic archetype that has served as a template for many a film since. (Its most direct influence was on a Western remake, The Outrage, starring Paul Newman and directed by Martin Ritt.) In essence, the facts surrounding a rape and murder are told from four different and contradictory points of view, suggesting the nature of truth is something less than absolute. The cast, headed by Kurosawa's favorite actor, Toshiro Mifune, is superb. --Tom Keogh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I usually watch many kinds of different movies, but I wasn't a fan of old Asian movies, at least not until a friend lent me this beautiful classic, directed by Akira Kurosawa. Now I know what I was missing...

"Rashomon" (1950), shot in black and white, is nothing short of stunning. The first scenes show us a priest and a woodcutter taking refuge in an old temple, in order to escape from the heavy rain. A third man shows up, and they start talking about a recent crime that troubles them. Despite the fact that these men were at the trial in which those involved were judged, they don't have a clue regarding what happened, due to the fact that they hear very different versions of the events that took place that fateful day. Will the truth ever be found out? And is there such a thing as truth, or an objective point of view?

This is the first film by Kurosawa I have watched, but it won't be my last. Highly recommended ! And... thanks, Rubén :)

- Belen Alcat, June 2007 -
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pardon me, N8rst8rs...? April 27 2004
Format:DVD
I am definitely one who endorses the belief of "to each his own" and your opinion is just that. But you obviously know nothing ABOUT film, you just know OF it. Maybe instead of writing a stupid and misinformed review for a film that doesn't deserve it, you shouldn't write one at all. It's punks like you who knock the average rating down, discouraging others from finding this priceless piece of celluloid. Raise your head a bit, and I'm sure you'll come eye-to-eye with your lower intestine.
One of the VERY FEW legitimate marvels of filmic expression ever borne, RASHOMON needs to be viewed at least once by every single person in the world... most especially lawyers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Truth? March 4 2004
Format:DVD
Kurosawa's study on the nature of truth, of reality, and human nature is perhaps one of the greatest films ever made. it is the story of a rape and a murder and that is all we ever know that occured during during the course of this movie. it tells the story from the perspectives of 4 sperate characters; a woodcutter, a bandit, a man, and his wife. they all have different stories and we are never told who is really telling the truth. Because this is a story about the bleakness of human nature, the evil tendencies we have. but there is redemption in the end. according to what i've been told and have read this is the first film to have a shot that's pointed directly into the sunlight and to use light reflectors to help light the actors. it also gained noteriety for its phenominal camera work. I highly recommend you buy this this is a great film toanyone who enjoys an engrossing experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stuff June 23 2004
Format:DVD
A man travelling with his wife in feudal Japan is murdered by a bandit... or is he? As the main protagonists - the bandit, the wife, a passer-by and (I kid you not) the man himself - tell their versions of events, a series of contradictions emerge. Who, if anyone, is telling the truth?
Rashomon's Byzantine plot structure was unique at the time, and still feels fresh over half a century down the line. Presenting no easy answers (there is reason to doubt the motives, and thus the stories, of all of those involved), it leaves the audience to make up their own minds about who to trust. Fans of latterday head-spinning efforts such as The Usual Suspects and Memento will find plenty to get their teeth into here.
It all looks gorgeous, to boot (Kazuo Miyagawa's cinematography is done justice by an excellent DVD transfer here), and the performances - especially Toshiro Mifune, as the bandit Tajomaru, cackling hysterically and pausing mid-fight to swat mosquitoes on his neck - are superb. If I've got one gripe, it's the slightly pat "redemptive" ending, but that's a minor fault at best.
Otherwise, Rashomon is downright essential. It's too easy to get all rose-tinted when trying to assess a long-established "classic", but this is one that's more than stood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see film. April 28 2014
By James Yee TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Like most people, I was first introduced to Akira Kurosawa with his 1954 film "Seven Samurai" and was just blown away by that cinematic masterpiece. The next film I saw was "Kagemusha" and I thoroughly enjoyed the stunning visuals and story-telling in that film too. I have seen many Kurosawa films over the years but "Rashomon" was the one film that I never seemed to have an opportunity to watch. For some reason or another, this film has always eluded me. By chance, I saw this dvd being offered by Amazon - brand new - for an outstanding price of $12(!) and didn't hesitate to purchase it.

I'm glad I did.

The premise to Rashomon intrigued me not to mention that the film stars Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Minoru Chiaki who would later appear in "Seven Samurai" as samurai protagonists Kikuchiyo, Kambei and Heihachi. Rashomon is a beautifully done film and the recent criterion version is masterfully restored. Although some scenes appear fuzzy, they are few and far between and the overall audio and video is quite clean. The included booklet includes the two Ryūnosuke Akutagawa novellas that are the basis for this film: "Rashomon" and "In a Grove" which are definitely worth reading.

Without a doubt, I am quite pleased with this purchase and the fact that I only paid $12 for it makes it even more sweeter. Rashomon is a must-see film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money?
No doubt it is a quality piece of cinema, but; was not immediately accessible to most people. The actual Dvd quality and packaging were above reproach.
Published 5 months ago by Amanda Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Or Not To Be.
Now here's my take. in the movie the bad guy who was walking through the woods
said the only reason he wanted this woman was because there was a bright sun that
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Published 16 months ago by trek fan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Rashomon, one of Kurosawa's masterpieces, is a deceptively clever and moving portrayal of human nature. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2010 by Harrison Koehli
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that set the standard
When Akira Kurasawa released this film in 1950, it was not expected to do well. When it won various awards around the world, including the Academy award for best foreign film, the... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by David M. Lovin
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone in the story of cinema in any age
Rashomon is a masterpiece. This film shows us a hard statement that maybe disagree to many people; the truth doesn't exist. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This is an excellent movie with lots of deep meaning. Intriguing and wonderful. The director is genius
Published on April 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars You've all been fooled!
I'm afraid I'll get a lot of heat from this, but if you liked this movie, you've lost your mind. I'm afraid all too often people are influenced by critics and intimidated by old... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by N8rst8rs
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Kurosawa
In my top ten movies of all time. I would say that this is Kurosawa's masterwork. Obviously he has created many classic films, but this simply, for me, defines what he was all... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by jordan
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