Rashomon (1950) (S)

Rashomon (1950) (S)

Rashomon (1950) (S)

  • Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • Starring Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Fumiko Honma, Daisuke Katô
  • JAPAN | 88mins | 1950 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 28min

As gripping, puzzling and relevant now as it was on its release 70 years ago, the international breakthrough of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran) remains one of the greatest and most important films ever made – not only influencing generations of filmmakers since, but also shaping the ways in which all of us think about the power of truth, lies and memory over our everyday lives.

In Medieval Japan, three men sheltering from a storm discuss the story of a horrific crime: local bandit Tajomaru is on trial for the murder of a samurai and the assault of his wife deep in a nearby forest. He has proudly confessed to the killing… but is everything really as simple as he tells it? When each witness, from a passing woodcutter to the spirit of the dead samurai himself, tells a different version of what happened that afternoon, who do we believe?

An undisputed masterclass in filmmaking and utterly unmissable, Rashomon is a crime drama like no other – certain to stay with you for years after the credits roll.