Rashomon

Director

Akira Kurosawa

Showtimes

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:00pm

Cast

Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo


Special Notes

Introduction by Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)


Release year/country

1950 Japan

Format

DCP

Runtime

1 hr 23 mins

Series


This is the film which, more than any other, opened up the West to Japanese cinema after it deservedly won the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival. The story of a rape/murder in ninth-century Kyoto is told from four points of view: the rapist, the woman, her murdered husband speaking from beyond the grave, and a woodcutter who witnessed the crime. With the exquisite cinematography and emotional revelations which came to characterize Kurosawa’s work, Rashomon asks, “How can we ever know the truth?” The enigmatic film was based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa but achieves a perfection on film that is entirely its own.

website: janusfilms.com/kurosawa

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