Rashomon

Rashomon

DVD - 2001 | Japanese
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Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
Publisher: [U.S.A.] : Criterion Collection, 2001
Copyright Date: ©1950
ISBN: 9780780024595
0780024591
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE RASHO
Characteristics: Laser optical
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1 videodisc (Not rated)(88 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound. Commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie. Video introduction by director Robert Altman. Excerpts from The world of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary film about Rahomom's cinematogapher. Reprints of the Rashomon source stories, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "In a grove" and "Rashomon." Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon; a repirnted excerpt from his book Something like an autobiography. Option English-dubbed soundtrack. Theatrical trailer. New and improved English subtitle translation. Optical image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
Based on "In a bush" and "Rashomon" by Ryunosuki Akutagawa

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gbohomegirl7
Jun 08, 2016

I know that this is a classic film by a renowned director (Kurosawa) with a famous Japanese actor (Mifune). But it would have been much better had the characters been more likable and less annoying. As it was, it was hard to care in the end who committed the murder.

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1tarheel
Apr 09, 2016

It's not that there are different versions of the story because people honestly saw things differently. Here, folks are actually lying. Not 'the Rashomon Effect' as I understood it. Cool film, obviously influential to future filmmakers, but also clearly a product of its times. For me, Mifune's maniacal laughter was already wearing thin in 'Seven Samurai' but it fit the character. For this role...distracting. Overall, though, it's not hard to see why 'Rashomon' is a classic.

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WandaWanda
Nov 24, 2015

For me it is the view of life. That is, I see what I think is going on and other people also see what is going on and all the views are different. This is a very good perspective of life. Sometimes people may view me as the crazy person, while at the same time I view myself as the normal one. I have watched this movie many times and every time it makes me think about my one perceptions of what I think is the true view of events and what is the true view.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

Good Gried, I can't get three people who have watched this film to agree on what it is trying to say. Weirdly, everyone I know who has seen it does agree that it is a great film. And the confusion over theme is obviously intentional on Kurosawa's part, and may itself be the theme. This movie is hypnotic, a mystery that is better for it's central questions never being answered. This film is the parent to 'The Usual Suspects', 'Fight Club', 'Sucker Punch', 'Momento', and every other unreliable narrator tale told since. I've read the story it was based on, and while interesting, this is a case where the film has elevated the material well beyond what the literature originally achieved. This is a masterpiece worthy of the term.

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1aa
May 04, 2015

The breaks to the flashback scenes are not clear sometimes; the photography/ cinematography is quite good but its sometimes awkward to make out whats being shown. The acting okay - there are lots of cutbacks and everyone seems to become like Bambi on ice when they have a sword in their hands.

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BloomFree
Sep 02, 2014

Unexpectantly tender - beautiful filmography. Aspiring film students and directors will enjoy the extras explaining how certain effects were conveyed.

There is also an element of comedy to the film -- after all anyone who has lived on this earth for sometimes begins to realize that many people are not forthcoming or able to relay the truth.

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MerryMaker777
Oct 17, 2013

A study in perception.

I've had a lot of discussions over the years; who's reality is the 'real' one? I used to maintain the last one was the 'real' one. Now, as an actual adult, I see the nuance that the director was aiming for. Definitely not for the disaffected or easily overwhelmed. VERY Japanese in presentation - though Western in approach.

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alecha
Mar 18, 2013

Way overated. Not worth the time.

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Marcell_Murray
Jan 21, 2013

I can't believe that when I got this movie the case was locked!!! I hear that Mifune was in it again!!! :D But I haven't even seen it yet and I'm already giving it 5/5 stars!!!! :D

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Monolith
Dec 06, 2012

Definitely a film that makes you think. Four different accounts of a death: the crazy, cackling bandit (Toshirô Mifune, who was excellent); the woodcutter; the defiled woman; and the dead samurai, through a medium, from beyond the grave. Four accounts. And no solution. The torrential downpour as the flashbacks were puzzled through, and the play of light and shadow from the trees as the emotional event transpired was purely elegant. From displays of explosive emotion to no less powerful periods of silence with nothing but thoughts, and expressive eyes. This was my first Kurosawa film. Won't be the last. FIVE STARS.

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Monolith
Dec 06, 2012

Commoner: "Well, men are only men. That's why they lie. They can't tell the truth, even to themselves." Priest: "That may be true. Because men are weak, they lie to deceive themselves." Commoner: "Not another sermon! I don't mind a lie if it's interesting."

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Monolith
Dec 06, 2012

Woodcutter: "I'm the one who should be ashamed. I don't understand my own soul."

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DavidB
Sep 08, 2009

It's human to lie. Most times we can't even be honest with ourselves.

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