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8.7
/10
12,703 Ratings

Rashômon

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, 1950
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice.

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Rashômon Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1951 | Winner: Italian Film Critics Award

Academy Awards

1952 | Winner: Honorary Award

1953 | Nominee: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

This must be included because it changed how we perceive film as well as human behavior. For us subjective creatures, the truth is constantly elusive.
July 18, 2018
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Sixty-five years after its release, Kurosawa’s modernist masterpiece is still minutely dissected on internet discussion threads, with energetic debates raging over its male gaze, allegorical content and historical status as the gateway drug for the western craving for Japanese cinema. Watching its lean, astonishingly fleet 88 minutes of looping truth-and-lies again on this choice Blu-Ray, however, you revel first in its materiality and its fluidity, each camera movement telling its own story.
October 02, 2015
In lesser hands the film could be inhumanly conceptual and too “worked out” to come alive dramatically, but the filmmaking is so dense and immediate that Rashomon is often overpowering in its emotional intensity. Every image counts, commenting on the characters’ evolving relationships (most obviously exemplified in the repeated use of triangular shapes), and the actors give performances of exacting subtlety that quietly shift to fit the specific storyteller’s contortions of the events.
November 15, 2012
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