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.
I bought the Special Edition... on April 13.
That copy had the picture breaking up very badly in the middle of Chapter 10.
I returned the disc on April 19 and was given another.
The second copy also breaks up at the same place
(Chapter 10 - 1 hr, 10 min, 29 or 30 seconds into the movie).
Twice in a row sounds like a fault in the pressing. Be warned.
(The rating only refers to the problem in the disk. I cannot praise the movie enough. This was one I was looking forward to on DVD and I hope they find and fix the problem soon so I can buy a better copy.)
Follow-up, 23 Apr 2002...
Criterion has been unable to duplicate this problem,
and so far no one else has mentioned anything like this.
I cannot rule out a problem with the player, but have reasons to consider it highly unlikely. That player (Panasonic RV-31) has been quite reliable and handles disks that would not even play on an earlier Sony machine.
However, Criterion DID get back to me and said that they had tried, on in-house machines.
I will try again, with a copy from another store in case
this is a real problem confined to a very few disks.
So, I stand by my warning, but suggest you try the disk, anyway.
The rest of the disk is truly excellent, and if you get
through chapter 10 without any problems, mine may have
been a freak occurance.
said the only reason he wanted this woman was because there was a bright sun that
inspired his dirty deed now if the sun has to inspire you to do a bad deed then this movie
wants you to believe it's a fake and a fake it is. but hold on now that's not the only thing i saw
what was the purpose of the baby why was it not stated her purpose in the movie and why should
only one man take the baby away but did not fight over it's ownership was it the mothers baby that was raped
so if so who's the father.I have to say though the movie really makes you think about who's who in society
and the deeds they do that's why i think a lot of Judges have a hard time determining who's good and who's Bad
This movie shows why Kurosawa was a master storyteller and why Toshiro Mifune is the greatest actor that ever walked this earth. The skill with which Kurosawa weaves the web is something that people like Tarantino can only dream of achieving.
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 16 months ago by Adam McConnell
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 on Feb. 25 2014 by WinnipegAlone
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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