Rashômon (1951)

This landmark Japanese masterpiece is Akira Kurosawa's cinematic examination of the subjective nature of truth. In feudal Japan, three men sheltering from a storm discuss an incident where a bandit raped a woman whose husband then… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 26, 1951
DVD 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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Matt Neal
ABC Radio (Australia)

A film that demonstrates that how you tell your story is just as important as what that story entails.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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

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

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

A top-to-bottom miracle of a film, burly in its philosophy and graceful in its style.

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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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Fernando F. Croce

Akira Kurosawa's famous cosmic shrug

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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.
'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