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Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)

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

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Average Rating: 9.3/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 0

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.

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

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.

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This landmark film is a brilliant exploration of truth and human weakness. It opens with a priest, a woodcutter, and a peasant taking refuge from a downpour beneath a ruined gate in 12th-century Japan. The priest and the woodcutter, each looking stricken, discuss the trial of a notorious bandit for rape and murder. As the retelling of the trial unfolds, the participants in the crime -- the bandit (Toshiro Mifune), the rape victim (Machiko Kyo), and the murdered man (Masayuki Mori) -- tell their

Mar 26, 2002

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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.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Not many movies make such an impact that their names enter into the language. Rashomon is such a movie

March 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Film buffs should love it. But so should anyone who appreciates a good yarn or two (or three or four).

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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An impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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With fast tracking shots, b&w chiaroscuro camerawork and a pessimistic intimation that what exactly was done is not essential, the result hit the bull's-eye with foreign filmgoers and critics.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Masterpiece about absolute truth. Best for teens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Rashomon" may be a prosecutor's nightmare, but it's a film lover's dream.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

The mixture of bravura camera work, muscular direction and inventive storytelling remains unmissable.

June 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Unmissable.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The film, a 1950 landmark exploration of the confoundingly elusive nature of truth, received an Academy Award at a time when the prize for foreign-language film did not exist.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

a game-shifter that challenges all we think we know about truth

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constrcuted, Rashomon is one of world cinema's truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map

September 23, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Astonishing.

March 20, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

...reveals Kurosawa's own influence, especially on the filmmakers behind the recent rash of Japanese horror.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Kurosawa is always worth a look but this is a particular classic that has influenced so much to come, it's almost essential.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Kurosawa's masterful tale of truth, deception and humanity.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It does nothing less than demolishing everything its characters -- and some of its audience -- believed in.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)

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.
August 8, 2012
Cameron Sherwell

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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.
January 11, 2012
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Robert C

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'Rashomon'. A landmark film by Kurosawa in his clever telling of a story from four contradictory, but very plausible perspectives, exploring honesty, honour and the goodness of man.
January 4, 2012
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Rashômon was the first Kurosawa film I have seen and I am completely stunned at how engrossing it is. The use of flashbacks to tell the different stories is brilliantly done. We have no idea which is true. The movie is haunting and beautiful in the way it is shown. There are long, silent stretches, but they aren't boring, they are insightful. Kurosawa had balls to make this movie, to show us the same event, from contradicting viewpoints. I wish more movies were this inspired in the point they are trying to get across.
June 7, 2011
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Melvin White

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