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Rashomon

Akira Kurosawa

 
Rashomon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1950
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #138

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 an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.

Cast

The banditToshiro Mifune
The womanMachiko Kyo
The manMasayuki Mori
The woodcutterTakashi Shimura
The priestMinoru Chiaki
The commonerKichijiro Ueda
The mediumFumiko Honma
The policemanDaisuke Kato

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
Executive producerMasaichi Nagata
ProducerJingo Minoura
ScenarioAkira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto
Based on two stories byRyunosuke Akutagawa
PhotographyKazuo Miyagawa
Art directorSo Matsuyama
MusicFumio Hayasaka
LightingKenichi Okamoto

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
  • Interview with director Robert Altman about Rashomon
  • Excerpts from The World of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary on Rashomon’s cinematographer
  • A Testimony as an Image, a sixty-eight-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura
  • Original and rerelease trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Stephen Prince; an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa’s Something Like an Autobiography; and reprints of Rashomon’s two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “Rashomon” and “In a Grove”

    New cover by Kent Williams

Film Essays

The Rashomon Effect

By Stephen Prince November 06, 2012

When Akira Kurosawa made Rashomon (1950), he was a forty-year-old director working near the beginning of a career that would last fifty years, produce some of the greatest films ever made. Read more »


Film Essays

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Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon

By Akira Kurosawa November 06, 2012

[Note: in Japan, it is customary to refer to a person with their last name first. We have retained this practice in the below excerpt from Kurosawa’s text.] The gate was growing larger and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rashomon

By Alexander Sesonske June 25, 1989

Three men seek shelter from the rain under the ruined gate of the ancient city of Kyoto. There is nothing to do but talk, about a topic which torments two of the wayfarers, who have just been . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Poster Art of Hans Hillmann

By Sarah Habibi May 12, 2014


Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Video


Film Essays

The Rashomon Effect

By Stephen Prince November 06, 2012

When Akira Kurosawa made Rashomon (1950), he was a forty-year-old director working near the beginning of a career that would last fifty years, produce some of the greatest films ever made. Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_131_121_thumbnail

Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon

By Akira Kurosawa November 06, 2012

[Note: in Japan, it is customary to refer to a person with their last name first. We have retained this practice in the below excerpt from Kurosawa’s text.] The gate was growing larger and . . . Read more »


Clippings


Features

Remembering Kurosawa

By Donald Richie December 09, 2009

Not that he himself wanted to be remembered. Rather, he wanted his work to be remembered. He once wrote: “Take ‘myself,’ subtract ‘movies,’ and the result is ‘zero.’” It was as though he thought . . . Read more »


News

Kurosawa Returns to Venice

September 01, 2009

March 23, 2010, will mark the centenary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth, and the cinema world is starting to gear up for the celebration. The Venice Film Festival, now in its sixty-sixth edition, will . . . Read more »


Clippings

Rashomon Rhapsody

July 17, 2009

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ acclaimed, meticulously restored 35 mm print of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, which Janus Films is currently touring across the country, opens today . . . Read more »


News

Rashomon Returns

May 10, 2009

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest: a “definitive” new restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will premiere at New . . . Read more »


Clippings

Rashomon on NPR

November 06, 2008

In Rashomon, there may be four plausible versions of the murder, but when Academy Film Archive director Michael Pogorzelski began overseeing a brand-new digital restoration of the film, he could . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Tokyo Journal: Remembering Toshiro Mifune

By Donald Richie September 30, 2008

9 August 2008: I go to the neighborhood theater to see Snow Trail (a.k.a. To the End of the Silver Mountains, a.k.a. Ginrei no haté), a 1946 Senkichi Taniguchi film now revived because it was . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rashomon

By Alexander Sesonske June 25, 1989

Three men seek shelter from the rain under the ruined gate of the ancient city of Kyoto. There is nothing to do but talk, about a topic which torments two of the wayfarers, who have just been . . . Read more »