Rashômon (1951)


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.


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This landmark Japanese masterpiece is Akira Kurosawa's cinematic examination of the subjective nature of truth. In feudal Japan, three men sheltering from a storm discuss an incident where a bandit raped a woman whose husband then somehow died. The film's innovative narrative structure recounts that incident from four differing viewpoints.

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Critic Reviews for Rashômon

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12)


Jun 17, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

Mar 2, 2010 | Full Review…

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

Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 20, 2009 | Full Review…
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.

Oct 16, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Rashômon

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

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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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

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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.

Robert C
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.


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