Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Akira Kurosawa is one of the most prolific foreign film directors out there. For good reason too. He knew how to convey the many different personalities the human race has.

Rashomon, one of his most famous films, is one such example. Four people are involved in a crime, and all provide insights on the crime. Who is right about what has happened?

However, all four do agree on one aspect of the crime. The other aspect is what's up for debate. This is what makes Rashomon interesting. The film doesn't agree or disagree with any of their stories. It just rolls with them.

As with the personalities, Kurosawa showcases several of them: the (supposedly) honest working man, the damsel in distress, and the cocky troublemaker. Knowing Kurosawa, he blends these roles in to work wonders.

Rashomon is both one of the best foreign films and one of the most influential. After all, there are so many movies and TV episodes that owe a thank you to Kurosawa. One to miss? Think again.

My Rating: *****


  1. Glad this one worked for you! Even though it's Kurosawa 101 in terms of viewing and in terms of greatness people I've gotten to watch this have come back with a bit of mixed results.

  2. I liked Rashomon, but there are a few Kurosawa films I would put above it - Seven Samurai, Ikiru, and Throne of Blood. It does deserve to be seen by everyone for the storytelling technique which it pioneered.

  3. Great film. One of a few Kurosawa films I have seen. Sits only below The Seven Samurai. It's a pretty influential film - and wonderfully shot.


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