Rashomon

Film School 101

Director: 
Akira Kurosawa
Year: 
1950
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
88 mins
Cast: 
Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
In Japanese with English Subtitles

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. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.