Rashomon (film)

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Rashomon is a 1950 Jidaigeki film by famed director Akira Kurosawa. The film has an unusual narrative structure that reflects the impossibility of obtaining the truth about an event when there are conflicting eyewitness accounts. In English and other languages, Rashomon has become a byword for any situation in which the truth of an event is difficult to verify due to the conflicting accounts of different witnesses.

In a Grove is a short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, first appearing in the January 1922 edition of the Japanese literature monthly Shinchō. Akira Kurosawa used this story as the basis for his award-winning movie Rashōmon.

The story is often praised as being among the greatest in Japanese literature.


" Regarding Rashomon, Kurosawa said, "I like silent pictures and I always have ... I wanted to restore some of this beauty. I thought of it, I remember in this way: one of techniques of modern art is simplification, and that I must therefore simplify this film."[1]

  • Rashomon is the closest to "perfect" a film can get
  • If men lie in this world, what makes you so sure they'll be honest in the next?
  • The commoner about (the medium) in the film.


  1. Donald Richie, The Films of Akira Kurosawa.

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