Rashomon (R/I)

Dir: Akira Kurosawa

Japan

1950

8815

12A

Rashômon was something of a breakthrough for Kurosawa, elevating his critical reputation and bringing his films to the attention of an international audience after its top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Now looked upon as one of the director’s canonical films, the title has even entered the language of film to denote a story told through multiple perspectives, the stand-out and formally bold narrative approach of Kurosawa’s crime and mystery drama.

Set in 12th century Kyoto, the film reveals an ambush, rape and murder in four contradictory accounts, each through the eyes of a different protagonist. The subtle shifts in point of view, the striking cinematography and powerful performances by Toshiro Mifune and Masayuki Mori make this that all too rare thing – a film that simply demands repeated viewing.

The film is made available again now in a new print from the BFI.

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BFI

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