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Rashomon / In The Woods

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.68 /10
Toshiro Mifune , Machiko Kyo , Masayuki Mori
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Akira Kurosawa from the story Inside a Bush by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Released: 1950
Origin: Japan
Length: 90


Four witnesses to the death of a Samurai and the rape of his wife offer different interpretations of the same events.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A weird and often wonderful thriller, with an original approach to narrative construction and unusually fantastical overtones (one of the four witnesses is a ghost). Rashomon was immediately hailed as a masterpiece, winning first prize at the Venice Film Festival, and Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. It now looks slow and repetitive; even so, it is visually striking and beautifully acted. Its reputation has remained high over the years, and led to it being remade in Hollywood twice - as The Outrage (1964) and Iron Maze (1991). Neither was remotely as effective as the original.

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