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Rashomon (1950)

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2.5 out of 10 A curious movie
Peter from Mayo, 22 Jun 2007
Heralded as something of a classic from Japanese director Kurosawa (The 7 Sumarai) comes across as more a parable or a venture into the subconscious than purely a film. A portrayal of an event from the perspective of 4 different people all who may be victims or prosecutors depending on the viewers perspective. The storytellers are: notorious bandit Tajomaru, A samurai's wife, the recently murdered samurai himself and a woodcutter that claims to have seen the event. Which one do you believe?
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5 out of 10 Shifting perspectives
Philip from Dublin, 28 Jul 2009
It is over half a century old, but this masterpiece still has the power to shock and intrigue. A genuine landmark in world cinema, Kurosawa told a simple story four times over - each from a different perspective. We think we know the truth, but each time the perspective shifts until we realise the truth slips away from us. Its not just clever, it is mesmerising, beautiful film making, with gorgeous photography and expressive acting. It has the power and beauty of the finest fairytales.
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5 out of 10 Rashomon - another Japanese masterpiece
Denis from Wexford, 07 Sep 2009
Rashomon is a wonderful movie - I watched it on my laptop and so the screen size was small but it still came across as a monumental film. It is all about the testimony of four people about the same story and how different each memory ('story') is. If you like Japanese cinema you will probably have already seen this excellent film, if not give a try and see what you think - don't expect a Hollywood style film.
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4 out of 10 Rashomon
Keith from Dublin, 24 Sep 2007
Rashomon, at fifty, is showing little signs of ageing. The film that gave Akira Kurosawa his world wide reputation is well worth an hour and half of your time. All the cast deliver fantastic performances and the soundtrack is fantastic: Particularly the use of Ravel's Bolero for the Samurai's Wife's scene. This is a fantastic film.
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4 out of 10 A cinematic masterpiece
Eamon from Meath, 29 Jun 2012
For those who enjoy cinema as well as movies. Of it's time but really great stuff.
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What's it about....
Akira Kurosawa's highly acclaimed film, set in feudal Japan, presents an intriguing tale of violent crime in the woods, told from the perspective of four different characters--a bandit (Toshiro Mifune), a woman (Machiko Kyo), her husband (Masayuki Mori), and a woodcutter (Takashi Shimura). Only two things about the incident seem to be clear--the woman was raped and her husband is now dead. However, the other elements radically differ as the four participants and/or witnesses...

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