Rashomon Movie Review 1951

Information and Film Reviews for Rashomon the Movie

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3.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

In 12th century Japan, two travelers attempt to discover the truth about an ambush/rape/murder. They get four completely different versions of the incident from the three people involved in the crime and the single witness. An insightful masterpiece that established Kurosawa and Japanese cinema as major artistic forces. Fine performances, particularly Mifune as the bandit. Visually beautiful and rhythmic. Remade as a western, "The Outrage," in 1964. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 83 minutes.
Originally from Japanese.

Cast and Crew

Samurai, Rape, Japan, Medieval Romps, Director/Star Teams: Kurosawa & Mifune, 4 Bones
Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
Machiko Kyo, Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Daisuke Kato
Kazuo Miyagawa
Akira Kurosawa
Fumio Hayasaka


Oscars 1951: Foreign Film; Natl. Bd. of Review 1951: Director (Kurosawa); Venice Film Fest. 1951: Film.

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