Rashomon (1950) dir. Akira Kurosawa

A heinous crime is recalled and reported from four different witnesses, each with a differing and contradictory account of what happened. Remarkable direction from one of the world Masters of Cinema – Mr. Akira Kurosawa.
Outstanding cinematography with minimalist set design.  Brilliant use of light and shadow. A novel narrative with an innovative plot device, known after the film as the”Rashomon effect”. Music composed by Fuyio Hayasaka, including an adapted version of Ravel’s Bolero. Use of symbolism and allegory throughout.
Rashomon is considered a introductory film for Kurosawa and Japanese Cinema in Western Culture.
It won the 1951 Golden Lion in Venice and 1952 Honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Rashomon Cast:  Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042876/

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