Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)
Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods) (1951)

The problems of truth and ambiguity are evoked in this visually striking film from director Akira Kurosawa. Based on the novel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the film begins and ends at the ruins of a Kyoto gate in 8th-century Japan. A priest, a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 2002
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Consensus: One of legendary director Akira Kurosawa's most acclaimed films, Rashomon features an innovative narrative structure, brilliant acting, and a thoughtful exploration of reality versus perception.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Akira Kurosawa's famous cosmic shrug

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

Not many movies make such an impact that their names enter into the language. Rashomon is such a movie

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Variety Staff
Variety

This caused a flurry in critical circles for its brilliance of conception, technique, acting and its theme of passion.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Film buffs should love it. But so should anyone who appreciates a good yarn or two (or three or four).

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

An impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful.

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David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Masterpiece about absolute truth. Best for teens.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
A gripping whodunit all the way through, this film makes you question human goodness vs selfish motivations and ultimately, reality.
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'Rashomon'. A landmark film by Kurosawa in his clever telling of a story from four contradictory, but very plausible perspectives, exploring honesty,… More
Cameron Sherwell
Don't really need to say much about 'Rashomon', the films it has inspired speak for it enough already. A masterfully made classic, with an… More
Melvin White
Rashômon was the first Kurosawa film I have seen and I am completely stunned at how engrossing it is. The use of flashbacks to tell the different stories is… More
Robert C
Beautifully shot. Great premise/story. I can appreciate why this film is held in such high esteem...but it felt a little convoluted to me, to spite it's… More
Jim Hunter
Once again, Kurosawa's strength is his remarkable ability to fit so many round characters into an eighty-eight-minute film. Each character, at least… More