Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

No. 13 on Alice in Videoland's 100 Greatest Films of All Time (http://www.aliceinvideoland.co.nz/).

This is the first classic Japanese film that I have seen, especially in black and white and by the director Akira Kurosawa.

It tells of a mystery surrounding a murder, involving a lady, her husband, and a bandit who was smitten by her beauty. The same story of how the murder came about is told four times, each time with a different twist. Who is telling the truth, and why are the others lying?

The film explores a darker side of human nature, of which this quote touched me the most and sums it up nicely:

"All men are selfish and dishonest.
They all have excuses..."

So who was the murderer? The lady, the husband, or the bandit?
Click on the link on the title to find out!

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