A woodcutter experiences a horrific series of events - an ambush, rape and murder. In the telling of the tale however, each of the four participants give different views of what actually happened - is any of them telling the truth? Kurosawa's masterful film plays on the subjective nature of truth while unfurling a riveting tale of violence and greed.
Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon is one hell of a story. It follows one story from different points of view so the audience is unsure of who is telling the truth, who is lying or who doesn't realise they are lying.
Told in flashback it constantly intrigues and surprises and becomes something quite profound.
Added to this are the visuals. Filmed in 1950, is still looks better than a host of Hollywood films I've seen this year.
You Can't Underestimate This One
- Rashomon review by The Lesser Merlin
(0) of (0) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 5
Kurosawa is the master - even Bergman acknowledged his influence. And this film is must be about Kurosawa's best. Other influences on this film (silent movies, early popular "modern art") can't take away how innovative it is (plot, technique, direction). But most of all, it is "the lack of a truth" that paved the way for many poor imitators.