Rashomon (Criterion Collection)
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Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"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 -
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.
This is an older movie which should be appreciated for what a masterful work it was in its' time. It hasn't lost much during its' tenure but the texture of this black and white movie has seen better days. The acting is very good and, to better appreciate it, I watched it in Japanese with sub-titles. The DVD has other options for viewing including English dubbing. I will probably look at that option the next time I view it.
The story is simple yet complex. There is a rape and murder in the countryside. The story of what happened is related by four witnesses including, in a very impressive use of make-up, the deceased himself. Everyone's story is slanted towards their role in the events. The participants tend to see themselves as victims and so the truth looks different depending on who is telling the story. This is the magnificence of the movie.
There are three persons who serve as a sort of narration and editorial team which helps give the movie greater impact. The story begins in a poring rain with the story-line just as dismal. It ends with the sun shinning and we are given a note of hope to finish up with.
In my line of work, I have become accustomed to hearing many a complaint. I have learned (the hard way) not to pass judgement until I hear the other side (or in some cases "sides") of the story. Sometimes I get lied to but often the differences come from individual's perspectives of how they are affected by the events in question.Read more ›
At the Rashomon Gate in eleventh-century Japan, a man (Kichijiro Ueda) takes shelter with a priest (Minoru Chiaki) and a woodcutter (Takashi Shimura) during a rainstorm. The woodcutter is depressed and the priest is horrified, over a recent crime: the vicious bandit Tajômaru (Toshirô Mifune) was arrested for murdering a man named Takehiro (Masayuki Mori) and raping his wife Masako (Machiko Kyô). But when taken before the police, Tajômaru claims that he has his fun with the woman and killed her husband honorably in a fight.
But Masako begs to differ; she claims to be the victim first of the sadistic bandit, then of her cold-hearted husband. And when a medium calls up the spirit of Takehiro, he claims that Masako was unfaithful, asking the bandit to murder him, then spurned by Tajômaru. Her actions drove Takehiro to suicide. And the woodcutter himself claims to have seen the altercation -- and his version is wildly different from them all.
During the filming of "Rashomon," director Akira Kurosawa stated that the film is a reflection of life, which doesn't always have clear meanings. The same could be said of truth. Questions are raised by the events of "Rashomon," but given no easy answers -- sometimes no answers at all (my biggest question was how Masako's gown stays so white if she's always weeping on the ground).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Arrived AFTER promised date, like usual. Not Amazons fault btw. Not quite as good picture quality as I was hoping for , for bluray from this company.Published 11 months ago by Adam McConnell
The story is very simple: an accident has occurred, and eyewitnesses are summoned to provide their account of what happened. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nat Hawthorne
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 23 months ago by WinnipegAlone
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
inspired... Read more
Rashomon, one of Kurosawa's masterpieces, is a deceptively clever and moving portrayal of human nature. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2010 by Harrison Koehli
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... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by J HADFIELD
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 morePublished on June 23 2004 by DML
Rashomon is a masterpiece. This film shows us a hard statement that maybe disagree to many people; the truth doesn't exist. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
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. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by J. COSBY
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