RashomonDirector: Akira Kurosawa
No other film did as much to awaken the world to the excellence of Japanese cinema as Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, and after releasing a superb collector's edition of the film in 2002, the Criterion Collection has made a more affordable DVD of the picture available for budget-minded film fans as part of their "Essential Art House" series. (This same disc has also appeared in their Essential Art House Vol. 1 and Essential Art House: Fifty Years of Janus Films sets.) Rashomon has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the image quality is excellent, revealing a striking range of grey tones, especially for a film more than a half-century old. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and the fidelity is as good as anyone could hope for given the age of the materials. The dialogue is in Japanese, with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options. A short essay in the accompanying booklet is the only bonus included with this disc, but the film itself has been treated with tender loving care, and aficionados of classic Japanese cinema who can live without extra features can get an excellent transfer of an enduring classic at a reasonable price with this release.
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Cast & Crew
|Toshiro Mifune||Tajomaru, the Bandit|
|Masayuki Mori||Takehiro, the Nobleman|
|Machiko Kyo||Masago, the Wife|
|Fumio Hayasaka||Score Composer|
|So Matsuyama||Art Director|
|Shinobu Muraki||Production Designer|
|Yoshiro Muraki||Production Designer|
|Masaichi Nagata||Executive Producer|
1. Rashomon Gate [7:38]
2. Evidence of a Crime [3:51]
3. The Trial Begins [4:01]
4. Tajomaru's Story [20:57]
5. Lies [2:23]
6. The Woman's Story [9:55]
7. Confusion [1:56]
8. The Dead Man's Story [10:19]
9. Frustration [:00]
10. The Woodcutter's Story [2:44]
11. The Way of the World [14:38]
12. Redemption [5:06]
1. Color Bars [4:15]
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This movie is simply amazing. It was the first Akira Kurosawa film I had ever seen, and I instantly wanted more. The presentation of each different story keeps the movie interesting, and the cinematography is great.
This is a fantastic film. It was my second Kurosawa film, after the 'Throne of Blood'. The cinematography is non-pareil, fluidily placing the camera-work at the most important points of action. This allows for the film to explore the multiple perspectives we see debated in the dialogue through metaphorical angles accentuating each character's firgurative and literal veiw-point. The subject of 'Rashomon' is ingenious as well. It is a film that is entirely self-consious of its own art, in that it openly explores the very idea of truth in story-telling. That is to say, that after the veiwer has labored over whose version of the tale to beleive, they can then expand and veiw the film more globally and wonder not if, but how Kurosawa's telling of the events(though fictional) is tainted or skewed as a result of the self-same human condition that mark his characters' versions.
Aw heck, when i was a-sittin' in the pasture with bessie, i lerned this flick was good. i seen 'er twunty times, an' that be more than i ever seed. go view this 'un and watch the cattle graze.
I saw this movie in a Film History course I was taking and I was excited to see (finally) a movie by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Unfortunately (for me at least) the movie did not live up to the legend. Don't get me wrong, the movie is a classic and it was revolutionary. I just feel like the movie I saw advertised too much what it was trying to accomplish and thus blew subtlety out the window. Other than Mifune, the acting was pretty horrible. The movie definitely goes into the category of old movies that were marred by actors who had not yet gotten used to working in front of a camera. That's not meant as an insult to the actors it's just indicative of a different discipline (stagework). The end result is a movie that was important in the history of film but ultimately feels very dated. I cannot speak to the quality of Kurosawa's other movies as I have not seen them, though opinion is overwhelmingly favorable. I have netflixed Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood though.