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Rashomon

Rashomon

1950
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Suspense/Thriller
1h 28m
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Rated 20 Jan 2007
98
99th
The film that introduced Kurosawa, and Japanese cinema, to the west. Brilliant use of mise en scene and camera pans/tilts. Set the very standard for action scenes for movies today. Without a doubt one of the best movies ever made.
Rated 15 Apr 2008
10
97th
Different albeit equally compelling work from the renown director, abstruse in its plot threads and philosophical agenda, especially near the end. Rashomon doesn't really tie up the irreconcilable conflict, in fact we never find out what really happened, but that's one of the many reasons I liked this film so much. Another great performance from Mifune, and definitely one of Kurosawa's best.
Rated 04 Apr 2020
95
96th
Name a better duo than Toshiro and his itchy neck.
Rated 10 Feb 2012
85
94th
My wife says I loved this but that's not the way I remember it.
Rated 04 Feb 2007
95
94th
Toshiro Mifune is awesome in Seven Samurai, but I actually like him even more here. He's so dynamic and lively, all running around and shouting and laughing and being menacing. That's definitely one of my all time favorite performances by anyone. And most everything else about the movie is great, too. Rarely has the device of the unreliable narrator been used better than here.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
93
98th
A great concept executed to perfection. Superb performances help as well, but it's the underlying thesis of the film and Kurosawa's great use of the camera that makes an incredibly memorable experience. Of course, I may be misremembering.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
95
98th
To understand Tarantino, Scorsese, etc, this film must be seen first. Beautiful and intriguing.
Rated 27 May 2014
90
97th
Brilliant. Clever, crafty and entertaining, with another outstanding Mifune performance. The plot shifts are deftly handled, as is the stunning cinematography, and the central themes of memory, truth and perspective are explored intelligently. Despite the potentially dark underlying subject matter, this is actually a lot of fun. Very highly recommended. And the joke on the Simpsons was pretty good...
Rated 07 Dec 2019
80
83rd
Well at least now I finally get that Simpsons' joke from "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo".
Rated 16 Apr 2008
91
90th
Rashomon is special. It is just so well acted, and the cinematography is so extremely well done that it glorifies the atmosphere to the already dark and mysterious one presented. I can understand why people wouldn't like this film, but I feel bad for them. It is just so philosophical, but in a way that everyone can understand. It is not open to interpretation because their is really only one theme for this film, and people make a fuss because you don't find out who did it. Thats the point!
Rated 07 Mar 2007
5
91st
This was the second Kurosawa I saw, and afterwards, I fully understood why he was seen as the "most Western" of Japanese filmmakers. This feels like a golden-age Hollywood production, with the exception that it's spoken in Japanese. Fantastic entertainment and a wonderfully intriguing structure.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
5
93rd
A film revered for its innovative structure and narrative economy, but for me the lasting impression has always been the rugged visual design. The unglamorous forest locale, the dappled sunlight falling through the trees, the flooded gate that lays in ruin, the utter conviction with which the actors stumble through the terrain. A dirty and gorgeous film, Rashomon is the first of Kurosawa's many masterpieces.
Rated 07 Aug 2009
88
98th
Needless to say the cinematography is top notch, the "punchline" however, which to me seems to say something along the lines of "however much evil people do in this world, one shouldn't give up on humanity" seems a bit melodramatic. A fine introduction to Kurosawa nonetheless.(this was my first). I found my self not caring about the loose ends.
Rated 06 Jul 2014
80
68th
I read background on this film after watching it. Apparently Kurosawa was a big fan of silent film and tried to incorporate many elements of that here. Little dialogue, huge score, big acting. I'm not as much of a fan as Kurosawa was plus the pacing was a tad slow and I wasn't in love with the score, but its an undeniably great film. And the ending sword fight was more realistic than any choreography Hollywood could come up with. Also gave both a bleak and hopeful look at humanity. Watch it
Rated 25 Jul 2009
4
93rd
I love the adventurous cinematography and music in this one, creating a somewhat light mood that works as a contrast to the dark subject matter. Also an effectively simple and good script that offers an ambiguous look at human nature.
Rated 22 Dec 2009
93
91st
A pioneering exercise in cinematic relativity, with fine performances and beautiful black and white photography of light through trees that illuminates a shifting plot with a setting that seems to be continually shifting as well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
91st
Trying to decide which story is "true" is a fun exercise (the woodcutter has the least stake in it, and his account is the only one that doesn't make a hero/martyr out of any of the participants) but ultimately works against the purpose of the film. We're not meant to solve the mystery. Kurosawa could rightly be criticized for using such a cheap ploy as an abandoned infant to eke out a bit of optimism, but he's often a sentimentalist and he usually pulls it off well.
Rated 25 Apr 2011
90
95th
Whose version of the truth? Relativist masterpiece. Could have done with a bit of trimming and tightening in places though. Like most Kurosawa, it has been raped and pillaged by hundreds of imitations since.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
96
99th
One of the first films that captured the burgeoning philosophies of post-modernism--and that is really something considering post-modernism was but a glimmer in the eye of modernism at the time. As a cogent whole the film approaches perfection from every angle.
Rated 30 Sep 2013
80
83rd
An unrepentant scoundrel is brought to trial, but the story is anything but straightforward. After hearing several accounts of the story from different people you are not exactly sure what happened. It seems only the wild man with his own sense of honor can tell the whole truth, or can he?
Rated 25 Aug 2010
80
57th
As a huge Kurosawa fan, I found myself more than a little disappointed in Rashomon, which many claim to be his best film. There are beautiful shots and innovative story telling techniques, but unlike films such as Ikiru, which mixes high grandeur with moments of intimacy and subtlety, Rashomon is all hyperbolic allegory with no real substance to back it up. I'm glad I didn't have to view this first, as did many film students. I might have been turned off from some real masterpieces.
Rated 02 Aug 2014
70
71st
Genuinely groundbreaking movie for its time, Rashomon's exemplary form is in complete service of the story; and the story is multi-layered to the nth degree(for its time). But the movie is let down in this viewer's perception by the overly melodramatic acting and Kurosawa's failure to take the story to its logical extreme. By taking on a somewhat 'hopeful' ending, Kurosawa's is unable to capitalise on the full philosophical implications of his narrative inquiry.
Rated 19 Jan 2014
75
75th
Although I agree with most of the praise in the mini reviews on this website, I can't say I was completely overwhelmed. The acting was horrible at some points, especcially when people are laughing maniacally (which happens almost all the time)...really, really bad overacting. Hurt my ears and completely cringeworthy at some points. I guess the acting methods of the early '50s in Japan don't work for me.
Rated 15 Apr 2014
80
45th
Structurally daring, and I love the last, completely unglamourous fight scene. It's hard to really connect to anything, though, since all three of the major players are awful people, regardless of whose story you're trusting. I admire Kurosawa's reluctance to give us easy answers and explanations, but this film is more of a very artful puzzle than something with real heart and feeling.
Rated 27 Feb 2014
90
96th
Kurosawa must be a great admirer of dostoyevsky. Rashomon is reminiscent of the themes in Crime and Punishment: every man is a criminal because of truth's subjective nature. I found this film hard to watch as it is vastly different then, say, Seven Samurai or Ikiru. But the themes are so neatly explored that you just have to like it by default. Kurosawa supplied an optimistic ending, all things considered. Sadly, that's the only aspect that doesn't stroke with my personal view.
Rated 02 May 2014
92
98th
Holy shit. The crime/mystery element alone would make this a good, solid movie. But the psychology of the characters puts this on another level. [Spoilers] Each claims responsibility for the death, but each also paints him/herself as honorable. We don't know if the lies are told for the benefit of the listener or the speaker. If that weren't enough, the camera work's brutal realism plays the audience for even more the fool. A true masterpiece.
Rated 29 Sep 2017
74
75th
we should realise how radical unreliable narration (and generally everyone being corrupt) was in 1950. the end of innocence, depicted in a rudimentary way by today's standards, but with accents of startling beauty and drama
Rated 04 Oct 2008
95
97th
Can we ever know what happened for sure? This dilemma is behind any lawsuit. All we can know is what is most likely or, to be more candid and realistic, what is most convincing to our ears. But we can never know for sure, absolutely 100% certain. This great film -- with stunning performances and gorgeous photography -- illustrates that point nicely.
Rated 09 Oct 2017
80
85th
While rain falls, three workers discuss the most famous crime of cinema in a fallen temple. Wife says she killed her husband, bandit claims he raped and then killed him, husband, through a medium, says he killed himself. Woodcutter's final version might be the closest to truth, but it doesn't really matter at all. Kurosawa's travelling shots and shadows (sun through trees) are so beautiful you wanna live in them. A couple of great sword fights and sublime acting make this a classic about moral.
Rated 14 Mar 2008
85
77th
14 Mart 08, 14:30 seansi, 5.japon filmleri festivali, en arka, koltuk 8 & Rashomon filminden beklentim cok buyuktu cunku Akira Kurusowa'nin ilk buyuk odul alip, yurtdisinda boy gostermesini saglayan bir filmdi.Ama sanirim beklentimin buyuk oldugundan dolayi pek tatmin olmadim.Gosterimi yapilan kopyanin goruntu kalitesi cok cok dusuktu ve ben Rashomon filmi hakkinda neredeyse herseyi biliyordum filmi izlemeden once.Kurusowa'nin basyapiti degil fakat kesinlikle iyi bir film.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
99
95th
Extremely well acted and is just amazingly paced. The structure and strength of the film is incredible, and is a lot better than a lot of modern day Mysteries today.
Rated 03 Feb 2008
5
96th
We studied this film in one of my business classes. You know a film is influential when it's discussed in a fucking business class. A high quality film with an excellent premise and nearly flawless execution. Several scenes sent chills up my spine because they were just perfect.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
95
94th
What is truth? What is humanity? What is memory and perception? The frame tale and the disputed tale in the grove both ask these questions in a starkly filmed, striking movie.
Rated 14 Sep 2008
94
95th
I knew the general story going in: there's been a murder and there are differing stories about it. That didn't, however, mean that this film wasn't full of surprises.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
97
91st
I love how Kurosawa took a seemingly commonplace plot with initially (and intentionally) cheesy execution and turned it into amazing over a span of 88 minutes.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
100
99th
The brilliantly simple and original triple set-up holds enough subtext for three average good movies.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
93
92nd
Very well done early movie with a great technique.
Rated 11 Mar 2012
75
72nd
A simple but compelling story, a strong cast, an innovative structure and Kurosawa's visual flair along with his tendency to hammer home his bloated messages -and you have the makings of one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of world cinema. Masterpiece in the sense that it has critically influenced hundreds of film that came after it. Seen today, Ι respected it but couldn't enjoy it as more than a intriguing tale with some woefully unsubtle social commentary attached.
Rated 12 Feb 2010
95
97th
When I first saw this movie, I thought it was good but I didn't really get why it was such a big deal. Years later, I understand that life IS Rashomon.
Rated 08 Feb 2007
97
98th
Classic and brilliant storytelling. Groundbreaking in its multiple possible narratives. Wonderful cinematography and acting. Another Kurosawa masterpiece.
Rated 24 Dec 2006
91
92nd
When I watched it the first time I remember thinking 'I wish all crime/mystery movies were this clever". My view of the movie hasn't changed a bit after 15 years. It is hard to find a fault in it; the music, the cinematography, the acting, the storytelling and especially the framing.. all are top notch. Also, I'm forever grateful to Kurosawa for showing how a "real" sword fight looks like. It is my favourite Kurosawa movie.
Rated 15 Sep 2019
80
62nd
More interesting for its place in film history than as "entertainment"; Kurosawa experiments with juggling multiple narratives and building a disorientingly unclear picture of the central incident. As a consideration of the perils of memory and perspective colliding, it works superficially, but as entertainment it lacks engagement, coming close to being a cheat, rather than genuinely misdirecting the viewer. Performances are fine, within the parameters of the overripe theatrics Kurosawa favours.
Rated 13 May 2009
94
98th
Incredibly innovative and entertaining, and able to stand up to both time and countless imitators.
Rated 22 Nov 2014
90
93rd
a very modern plot with changing narrators and a changing story accordingly. its genre should be a tragedy where the characters betrays each other according to their vices in a unison of time and space and the two witnesses act like the chorus. usual theme of Kurosawa, the decay of World and amoral people on the verge of madness wander in it aimlessly. as a negative aspect i think the fighting scenes were unnecessarily long.
Rated 17 Mar 2020
90
94th
This is not a film about unreliable narrators, it's about Japan's moral reckoning with itself. How do the Japanese people face the fact that a facist govt lied them for decades and how to move forward beyond that. No joke, Kurosawa's editing and camerawork has a fluidity that's nearly unmatched and his usage of weather and climate is incredible. For a B&W it's incredibly sensorial, rain, wind, heat, sweat you feel it all. Only bad thing to say about it is the wife lacks any agency or dignity.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
3
80th
The alternating perspectives are by turns fascinating, scary and pathetically hilarious. I particularly loved how differently Mifune comes across in each retelling.
Rated 12 Nov 2014
84
89th
This is a true landmark movie in terms of narrative structure but as a whole it seems long ways from Kurosawa's zenith as a filmmaker. I think he perfected many of the elements here during the following years. Too bad since this particular story continues to carry a special weight. The dramatics are pretty dated beyond the fantastic visuals & I thought the pacing didn't always serve the overall narrative. Add some overexpository dialogue and you've got a flawed but unquestionably brilliant film.
Rated 27 Mar 2010
95
99th
I think what makes this such a masterpiece is how close it touches to some real truths. Although the cinematography and crime-based plot engage the viewer, and the direction and acting execute the film successfully, it's the thoughts contained in it that really turn Rashomon into something transcendentally beautiful.
Rated 10 Oct 2010
50
38th
Hysterical Japanese women fake crying has got to be the most grating sound on earth.
Rated 11 Aug 2008
90
92nd
1st viewing: Aesthetically brilliant. Very apparent mise en scene that is superbly executed, very strong camera work and brilliantly strong fights. Well used score, and solid acting all round. I liked both the setup and execution of the main story, and that the truth is not revealed, though the ending left me a little flat.
Rated 03 Dec 2006
96
99th
Great dialogue and acting, powerful story line. One of the Kurosawa's masterpiece
Rated 25 Sep 2010
90
94th
The structure of the film is of course it's defining feature, however the movie also has great acting and cinematography as well.
Rated 01 Jun 2016
85
80th
"If it wasn't for that wind I wouldn't have had to kill him"
Rated 27 Mar 2011
90
95th
[SPOILERS] One story gets told in mutliple ways and we never find the truth. We don't need the truth, the questions raised are far more important than finding which situation actually happened. The way it is shot is amazing, very simple and very well organized. Mifune was great again and the film as a whole was a real treat to watch, very easy on the eye.
Rated 22 Jun 2009
10
98th
A complex and philosophical masterpiece, that acts as art, as the subject of the film concerns differing viewpoints of the same event, much like art. Kurosawa's direction is at his best in this, and the acting from the whole ensemble is striking and powerful.
Rated 25 Sep 2007
88
87th
Part of me yearns for a postmodern touch, but then the other part of me tells that part to shut the hell up, this is pretty goddamn perfect.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
A crime story retold in cycles from many differing perspectives and points of view, like that one episode of Mama's Family.
Rated 01 Mar 2010
95
98th
Kurosawa's film works as a mystery, a statement on life, and a perception about people. Some people may find that it's a tad confusing but it's one of those films that requires your full attention span. There are not a lot of directors who can bring together a story using the unreliable narrator technique without it coming across as a massive gimmick. Kurosawa did it with panache and in a masterful way that has not really been replicated today.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
64th
Rashoman is a good story, but the movie's length could be cut in half and not lose any meaning.
Rated 05 May 2015
96
98th
Similar, perhaps even better (The Night it Rained): http://www.criticker.com/film/An_shab_ke_barun_amad/rating/Dardan
Rated 02 Oct 2011
82
83rd
Good movie, that ending fight is just crazy. What an amazing choreography. And one lady was quite creepy (not trying to spoil). Classic movie that has aged extremely well; it doesn't feel old at all.
Rated 05 Mar 2008
8
82nd
Clever storytelling, great film. Mifune is always enjoyable.
Rated 17 May 2009
83
93rd
Nice Movie
Rated 23 Aug 2009
80
94th
Took some time until I realized the brilliance of Rashomon. What I at first preceived as poor and over the top acting (especially the woman), I soon discovered was all part of the storytelling of the different 'narrators'. Their emotions, state of mind, truths, all of this was taken into account with the depiction of their viewpoint of what actually occurred. I can't recall another film I wanted to rewatch right after completing my viewing and pick up little details that eluded me.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
87
85th
Overall, Rashomon is an absolutely incredible film, thanks in particular to it's acting, pacing, lighting, and boldness. However, it's not without its flaws. The Bandit and the Commoner's portrayals fall just under over the top, some scenes drag out too long in my opinion, I personally couldn't accept the Medium, and there isn't enough examination of the good side of humanity, so the ending feels very out of place. But it's very clear why this is such a highly praised film.
Rated 07 Aug 2010
89
95th
A crime story presented in an intoxicated manner with philosophical and psychological emphases, completed with a strong photography.
Rated 09 Jun 2013
8
86th
An inquisitive, poignant script conveyed by both Kurosawa's interesting shot/frame selection and some masterful performances, Rashomon was pretty good. The narrative technique is one of the film's most famous aspects, and it is obvious why; it provides an effective, emotional approach to a seemingly simple story.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
95
98th
Mesmerizing and interesting much more mysterious than Kurosawa's other classics, enjoyed this one quite a bit.
Rated 18 Apr 2012
95
96th
The different stories emphasize the perspectival nature of truth, as each of the narrators (outside of maybe the priest) tell a self-serving version of the story. So when the farmer comes back to tell the "truth," can anyone believe him? The atmosphere of those framing scenes (rain, broken down gate, tattered clothes) all point to a brokenness in society. Further, Kurosawa emphasizes the relationships between people in his shots, creating oppositions as he leans on a robustly visual style.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
73
66th
I'm hopelessly behind on Kurosawa, but he's on sale so I might as well start filling in the blanks. Rashomon was pretty much what I expected from what I've read about it - a solidly made film, beautifully shot (that last battle in the grove!) playing several subjective accounts against each other with no clear conclusion as to what really happened, and a slightly hamfisted moral at the end.
Rated 06 Dec 2008
100
98th
One of the all-time best!
Rated 17 Apr 2007
99
98th
# 15
Rated 11 Feb 2008
90
74th
Film making 101. A must see for any serious student of cinema.
Rated 12 Jan 2012
90
98th
This is only the second Akira Kurosawa film I've seen, but I'm pretty much ready to declare him a genius. The direction and cinematography in this were amazing. I really like how the story was told too. I think a modern-day remake might actually be a good idea for this film.
Rated 05 Dec 2021
65
74th
puanlar halis mi?
Rated 11 Nov 2009
90
89th
Excelente! Una Hermosa película! Una maravillosa fotografía!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
Rashomon is an incredible reflection on the subjective nature of truth; the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars was basically created to recognize its genius.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
100
98th
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.
Rated 22 Apr 2011
82
90th
A film that entails many fine layers and which is not meant to give the viewer the answers, it critiques the state of humanity and not just the current one, but one spanning through the entire length of human history.
Rated 17 Nov 2010
84
77th
A pretty great film. Or maybe it's an absolute masterpiece. Or maybe I hated it. Or maybe I haven't actually seen it.
Rated 13 Sep 2007
77
47th
It has all the right ingredients for a great movie, but it didn't do anything for me. It might be the (lack of) music/score - i can't really explain it.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
99
98th
#19
Rated 16 Jul 2009
84
67th
I don't actually think it's one of Kurosawa's best. It drags a bit and even the restored film is laden with grain and popping sound. That said, it essentially invented a genre of storytelling.
Rated 06 Nov 2008
89
92nd
Another one of Kurosawa's pioneer works that countless movies have imitated ever since. The original Rashômon is well worth watching.
Rated 10 Nov 2009
95
97th
One of the most impressive parts of this film is the date it was made. I love seeing where the inspirations of modern day film have come from. Production on this movie was great. Kurosawa did a good job keeping things dark while the actors keep their end of the deal. Cinematography was spot on and the story was pretty good with some added philosophy towards the end. Overall Rashomon was extremely well done and deserves its rightful rank within the top 100 best films of all time.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
90
72nd
Nothing to do with the original story "Rashomon", but, forced ending aside, a very entertaining story.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
90
81st
One man's truth is another mans fable.
Rated 07 Mar 2014
90
88th
The original "vantage point" film. One of Kurosawa's best (Though, let's be honest - has anyone seen a bad Kurosawa film?), Rashomon is packed with wonderful shots and built on an age-old philosophical conundrum: is there such a thing as the capital "T" truth? By the end, following tears, laughter, and a sword-fight that goes from slapstick to stomach-turning in the span of a few moments, you may just find out.
Rated 16 Dec 2010
79
33rd
Not quite the masterpiece I expected. It was very influential and creative, but as entertainment... the least of the Kurosawa I've seen.
Rated 14 Apr 2013
87
91st
The go-to movie when it comes to sound design in film. Absolutely masterful in composition and technicality, and it makes the already wonderful story even more engrossing.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
94
92nd
Really, it's hard to find fault in this wildly creative mystery. Rashomon is brilliant in its storytelling and its structure; it's one of the most creative movies I've seen and is a clear influence on a lot of modern day thrillers. Though probably not technically Kurosawa's best, it may be my personal favorite in his library. I love this movie for every aspect and can't recommend it more, it's basically perfect.
Rated 24 Nov 2008
89
88th
It's a very simple story told from multiple perspectives, but can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways, proving how brilliant the movie really is.
Rated 05 Aug 2012
95
91st
One of the greatest mystery films thanks to Kurosawa's perfect usage of the unreliable narrator storytelling technique. Not to mention the four outstanding central performances and the beautiful use of light and shadow in the forest scenes.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
70
50th
And by saving that baby the timeline is irrevocably disrupted, creating Samurai Hitler.
Rated 05 Nov 2010
89
90th
Neat movie, probably started the whole "simple truth with many faces" generation of films. Great suspense.
Rated 11 Aug 2010
89
91st
Very enjoyable, with the cinematography (especially in the forest) being breathtaking at times. It raises interesting thoughts about humanity, has a fantastic performance by Mifune, and the woodcutter's recollection of the fight is hilarious.
Rated 03 Feb 2009
81
84th
I heard Star Wars didn't steal from this film.
Rated 04 Dec 2017
9
91st
Incredibly impressive (especially considering it's age). Very engaging, the action is stylized and it's open ended nature grips you completely.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
99
98th
19
Rated 07 Aug 2012
85
86th
I like it for its "all those cinematographic terms I can never remember, but mostly understand." Unreliable narrators are generally gimmicky and silly, but when used right they can completely undermine the audience's suspension of disbelief and put them in a vulnerable intellectual state. Rashomon fails at that, but it's so visually captivating I almost didn't notice that only the final narrator's story was worth watching. I'm saying this film is better than its plot, which is overpraised.

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