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zjp| Rashomon
Japan 1950
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûnosuke Akutagawa
Producer: Minoru Jingo, Masaichi Nagata
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery

Running Time: 88
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Mono
Subtitles: English
Features: Black and White, Special Edition

Audio Commentary - 1. Stephen Prince - Author (THE WARRIOR'S CAMERA: THE CINEMA OF AKIRA KUROSAWA)
Documentary - 1. "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create" (32:00)
Additional Products:
Booklet Featuring an Excerpt From Kurosawa's Autobiography and Essays By Film Critics Terrence Rafferty and Chris Fujiwara

Muze/MTS Inc.
Studio:  Daiei Motion Picture Company DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Mar 2002 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$39.95]
Reviews:  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...

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