Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)
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This landmark film is a brilliant exploration of truth and human weakness. It opens with a priest, a woodcutter, and a peasant taking refuge from a downpour beneath a ruined gate in 12th-century Japan. The priest and the woodcutter, each looking stricken, discuss the trial of a notorious bandit for rape and murder. As the retelling of the trial unfolds, the participants in the crime -- the bandit (Toshiro Mifune), the rape victim (Machiko Kyo), and the murdered man (Masayuki Mori) -- tell their plausible though completely incompatible versions of the story. In the bandit's version, he and… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What Akira Kurosawa and his tiny production team wrought is now an accepted maxim of modern life, a creed by which to live in a world where everyone has a blog and an opinion."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Rashomon is a novel, stimulating moviegoing experience, and a sure sign that U.S. film importers will be looking hard at Japanese pictures from now on."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"With fast tracking shots, b&w chiaroscuro camerawork and a pessimistic intimation that what exactly was done is not essential, the result hit the bull's-eye with foreign filmgoers and critics."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The mixture of bravura camera work, muscular direction and inventive storytelling remains unmissable."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Akira Kurosawa's four-way account of a man's murder has become so associated with its central device %u2014 not to mention its myriad offshoots %u2014 that it requires an effort to see it only for itself."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
"Not many movies make such an impact that their names enter into the language. Rashomon is such a movie"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"This caused a flurry in critical circles for its brilliance of conception, technique, acting and its theme of passion."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Masterpiece about absolute truth. Best for teens."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"a game-shifter that challenges all we think we know about truth"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Film buffs should love it. But so should anyone who appreciates a good yarn or two (or three or four)."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
""Rashomon" may be a prosecutor's nightmare, but it's a film lover's dream."
‑ Rob Thomas, Wisconsin State Journal
"The film, a 1950 landmark exploration of the confoundingly elusive nature of truth, received an Academy Award at a time when the prize for foreign-language film did not exist."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constrcuted, Rashomon is one of world cinema's truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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