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Rashomon (Criterion Collection) back to product details

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written by joshmehler December 9, 2006 - 7:04 PM PST
This is a great example of Kurosawa's early work, and Toshiro Mifune is great. I recommend the short documentary that is included on this DVD about the director and cinematographer. There is also a very good commentary by a man who is a real expert on Kurosawa. If you are a student of film, this is a great opporunity to learn more about this influental movie. One thing I could say is that the film is slower than we westerners are used to, and will require some thought on the viewers part. If you are looking for a more action oriented Kurosawa film, try Throne of Blood.

As I recall...
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written by TaoG April 8, 2005 - 5:31 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I'm sure it's been said before; the iconic 11th century "Gate" in Rashomon is almost a character in itself. Images of it resonate long after viewing this film, leading us into the wilderness of the human ego and a film that is disturbing as stunningly poetic. Kazuo Miyagawa's cinematography is breathtaking on a grand scale. With his success, some in Japan accused Kurosawa of making a film that appealed to western "oriental exoticism", but time seems to have dispelled that notion. This is a distilled masterwork of light and shadow.

*Footnote: Try not to read the written synopsis. It gives away a few important details of the story for no reason??

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