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Rashômon (1950) tells four tales on the Criterion Collection

Rashomon (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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  • Rashomon (Criterion Collection) - Blu-ray Brand New

On November 6, 2012, The Criterion Collection released Rashomon on Blu-ray. Akira Kurosawa directed the film which starred Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, and Masayuki Mori.

‘Rashomon’ Movie Synopsis

Rashomon begins as heavy rain pours monotonously out of a dark sky. Under Kyoto’s once-glorious front gate, a poor woodcutter and a faithful priest gather around a feeble campfire to share their take on a mysterious murder with a wet commoner. Out in a lush bamboo forest, a valiant samurai died as the hands of the notorious bandit, Tajomaru. He then sexually assaulted the deam man’s wife. Before court and through a series of flashbacks, four strikingly different points-of-view inextricably interweave with half-truths, cover-ups, and the supernatural, to further blur the lines between memory and fact. Who is the evil-doer behind this intricate tale? In the end, only your personal perspective and bias can decide.

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Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
  • Interview with director Robert Altman about Rashomon
  • Excerpts from The World of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary on Rashomon’s cinematographer
  • A Testimony as an Image, a sixty-eight-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura
  • Original and rerelease trailers
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Stephen Prince; an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa’s Something Like an Autobiography; and reprints of Rashomon’s two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “Rashomon” and “In a Grove”

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Daiei Motion Picture Company released Rashomon to theaters on August 25, 1950. Akira Kurosawa directed the film which starred Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, and Masayuki Mori.

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