Rashomon

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A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.

“Genius! Rashomon struck the world of film like a thunderbolt.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery, a phenomenally eclectic score from Fumio Hayasaka, and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language, cemented Kurosawa’s sterling reputation, and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world. (Dir. by Akira Kurosawa, 1950, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 88 mins., Not Rated)