Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods) (1951)

Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)



Critic Consensus: One of legendary director Akira Kurosawa's most acclaimed films, Rashomon features an innovative narrative structure, brilliant acting, and a thoughtful exploration of reality versus perception.

Movie Info

The problems of truth and ambiguity are evoked in this visually striking film from director Akira Kurosawa. Based on the novel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the film begins and ends at the ruins of a Kyoto gate in 8th-century Japan. A priest, a woodcutter, and a peasant take shelter from a pouring rain under the ruins of the Rashomon gate. They discuss the latest news -- a bandit's trial and execution for rape and murder. Through the course of the trial, the events are related from the points of view … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 26, 2002
Janus Films


as Tajomaru

as Masago

as Takehiro

as Firewood Dealer

as Priest

as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (11)

What Akira Kurosawa and his tiny production team wrought is now an accepted maxim of modern life, a creed by which to live in a world where everyone has a blog and an opinion.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Not many movies make such an impact that their names enter into the language. Rashomon is such a movie

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Top Critic

Film buffs should love it. But so should anyone who appreciates a good yarn or two (or three or four).

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

Rashomon is a novel, stimulating moviegoing experience, and a sure sign that U.S. film importers will be looking hard at Japanese pictures from now on.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
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This caused a flurry in critical circles for its brilliance of conception, technique, acting and its theme of passion.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
Top Critic

An impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful.

Full Review… | February 21, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)

A gripping whodunit all the way through, this film makes you question human goodness vs selfish motivations and ultimately, reality.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Don't really need to say much about 'Rashomon', the films it has inspired speak for it enough already. A masterfully made classic, with an intersting plot and ideologies, without 'Rashomon' I'm more then certain that many of people's favourite contemporary favourite films - like 'Resevoir Dogs' - wouldn't exist.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

Beautifully shot.
Great premise/story.
I can appreciate why this film is held in such high esteem...but it felt a little convoluted to me, to spite it's fairly short running time.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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