Rashomon

Rashomon

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14, 2011

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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. – Janus Films

NR, 88 Minutes, Japanese
Janus, Japan, 1950


"But though it is certainly a psychological and epistemological puzzle, ''Rashomon'' is so much more than a classroom exercise. It is a character study, an anthropological inquiry, a tour de force of alfresco black-and-white cinematography, and an action movie. At the center are two volcanic performances, by Michiko Kyo, as the wife of an unlucky samurai, and Toshiro Mifune, as the bandit who is either her assailant or her seducer. The nature and meaning of what happens between them is fodder for endless, passionate argument, on screen and off, but the truth about ''Rashomon'' -- that it's one of the best movies ever -- is beyond dispute."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times


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