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Akira Kurosawa


Director Akira Kurosawa Composer Fumio Hayasaka Cast Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
Edition 1977
88' - 1950 - Crime, Mystery, Drama - Dialogue: Japanese
A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story - that Tajômaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife - but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ. The woodcutter reveals at Rashômon that he knows more than he let on at the trial, thus bringing into question his own actions. But another discovery at Rashômon and the resulting actions from the discovery bring back into focus the woodcutter's own humanity or lack thereof.

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Akira Kurosawa


Fumio Hayasaka


Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori


Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto

Director of Photography

Kazuo Miyagawa


Akira Kurosawa


Minoru Jingo, Masaichi Nagata

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Screenplay based on

"In a Grove & "Rashômon" (Ryūnosuke Akutagawa)