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Rashomon (1950)

Director: Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô Mifune
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40164833
UPC: 037429161821
UPC 14: 00037429161821
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Through an ingenious use of cmaera and flashbacks, kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as 4 people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

"Indescribably vivid...  Halliwell's Film Guide
"...superlative study of truth and human nature.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Fine performances...visually beautiful and rhythmic  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
Akira Kurosawa's highly acclaimed film, set in feudal Japan, presents an intriguing tale of violent crime in the woods, told from the perspective of four different characters--a bandit (Toshirô Mifune), a woman (Machiko Kyô), her husband (Masayuki Mori), and a woodcutter (Takashi Shimura). Only two things about the incident seem to be clear--the woman was raped and her husband is now dead. However, the other elements radically differ as the four participants and/or witnesses relate their own stories (with the dead man, eerily enough, speaking through a medium). As each account is revealed, what seemed black and white turns to various hues of gray, leading to surprising--and confounding--relevations.

A landmark of international cinema, RASHOMON won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, bringing both Kurosawa--and Japanese film in general--to the attention of Western audiences. From the rain-soaked opening sequence to its moving conclusion, the film is a stunning examination of truth and human nature. The entire cast is pitch-perfect, with regular Kurosawa lead actors Mifune and Shimura giving typically outstanding performances. While critics and cinephiles debate over exactly how many masterpieces Kurosawa directed, RASHOMON stands as one of the revered filmmaker's indisputably brilliant motion pictures. In fact, the film's influence is so pervasive that it has inspired everything from a high profile Hollywood remake (THE OUTRAGE starring Paul Newman) to numerous tributes in movies such as COURAGE UNDER FIRE and THE USUAL SUSPECTS.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/19/2002
Video Play Time Running Time: 88 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1950
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 040
Video UPC UPC: 00037429161821
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Daisuke Kato
Video Cast Info Fumiko Honma
Video Cast Info Masayuki Mori
Video Cast Info Minoru Chiaki
Video Cast Info Takashi Shimura
Video Cast Info Toshiro Mifune
Video Cast Info Kichijiro Ueda
Video Cast Info Machiko Kyo
Video Cast Info Ryunosuke Akutagawa - Based On Stories By
Video Cast Info Kazuo Miyagawa - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Director
Video Cast Info Masaichi Nagata - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Takashi Matsuyama - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jingo Minoura - Producer
Video Cast Info Shinobu Hashimoto - Writer
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Writer


Oscar (1953)
   Video Award Name Takashi Matsuyama, H. Motsumoto, Nominee, Best Black-And White Art Direction, Set Decoration

Venice Film Festival (1951)
Video Award Name Akira Kurosawa, Winner, Golden Lion

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...What really gives the film its impact is less the multi-layered narrative than the dynamic direction and powerhouse performance from Toshiro Mifune..." 01/01/2002 p.60

"A look at RASHOMON's exquisite visuals makes it apparent that Sergio Leone's westerns were inspired by more than just Akira Kurosawa's plots." 12/01/2003 p.C5

5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] taut study of the subjectivity of truth....RASHOMON's intricate moves have been borrowed by a legion of Hollywood imitators, from THE USUAL SUSPECTS to VANTAGE POINT." 10/01/2008 p.172

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Audiences were captivated by the lyrical beauty of Kurosawa's direction and the dynamic power of his editing, zipping the narrative along with hard-edged horizontal wipes." 11/01/2008 p.145

Chicago Sun-Times
"The wonder of RASHOMON is that while the shadowplay of truth and memory is going on, we are absorbed by what we trust is an unfolding story." 05/26/2002

Washington Post
"Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1950 RASHOMON has had such a profound cultural influence that there is even a psychosociological phenomenon named after it." 11/13/2009

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 10 of 10
...Today, nearly fifty years after it was made, Rashomon has lost none of its fascination or power... In every sense of the word, this is a true classic. It's hard to find a more rewarding way to spend ninety minutes.

TV Guide Online 10 of 10
One of the most brilliantly constructed films of all time, Rashomon is a monument to Akira Kurosawa's greatness, combining his well-known humanism with a narrative style that has become a hallmark of film history... Rashomon also contains some of the most amazing performances you are likely to find anywhere...

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