Rashomon





Synopsis

 A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story - that Tajômaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife - but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ. The woodcutter reveals at Rashômon that he ...  

Cast

Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki


Director :Akira Kurosawa Language :Japanese Country :Japan
Producer :Minoru Jingo Editor :Akira Kurosawa Screening Type:2D
Cinematographer :Kazuo Miyagawa Year :Not Updated Duration:88 Mins

ABOUT DIRECTOR



Director Name

Akira Kurosawa

Director Biography

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Drunken Angel (1948) was the first film he made without extensive studio interference with Toshirô Mifune. After which the two made 16 movies together, and Mifune became as closely associated with Kurosawa's films. After working in a wide range of genres, Kurosawa made his international breakthrough film Rashomon (1950) which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Kurosawa's films have always been more popular in the West than in his native Japan, where critics have viewed his adaptations of Western genres and authors.

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