Rashomon (1950)


Theater 3 Wed, Jan 19 7:00 PM
Theater 1 Sun, Jan 23 1:30 PM


January 19 & 23 only.

Director: Akira Kurosawa

The final offering in our exploration of Japanese film is 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 ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork became an international sensation, revolutionized film language, and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.

1hr 28mins / Black & White / NR

What's the Big Deal?: Rashomon (1950)...this analysis by Eric Snider for MTV News from 2010 explains.

Rashomon was restored by the Academy Film Archive, the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa Pictures, Inc. Funding provided by Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation and The Film Foundation.