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Program Title: Rashomon
EASC Code: JR-01
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Masaichi Nagata and Minoru Jingo
Release Date: 1950
Running Time: 83 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film won the grand prize at the Venice film festival, introducing Kurosawa (and through him the Japanese film) to most of the Western world. Set mainly in 12th-century Kyoto, the film, based on a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, offers the radically different eyewitness accounts of four people (including a dead man) about a violent incident involving ambush, rape, and murder in a forest. The philosophically subversive premise of the story, at least by implication, is that all four narrators are telling the truth; Kurosawa's much more sentimental conclusion, made even worse by a hokey finale, is that everyone lies. This serious limitation aside, the film is still an impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful; with Toshiro Mifune (as the bandit) and Machiko Kyo." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader
Data Entry Date: 1/27/1999