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.
‘Rashomon’ Movie Summary
The message of Rashomon is that everyone is the potential hero (or villain) of their own story. Rashomon is the tale of the death of a samurai as told from the different viewpoints of a woodcutter, a bandit, the samurai, and the samurai’s wife.
Our tale begins on a rainy day at the Rashomon gate in 18th century Japan. There, a woodcutter, a priest, and a commoner discussing the confusing events surrounding the death of a samurai deep in the woods. The woodcutter discovered the body, and he notified the authorities. Later, he testified to this during the investigation. The film proceeds to tell us the tale from the perspective of each of the other witnesses.
First, we hear the story of the bandit; the man who was found with the horse and the weapons of the samurai. The bandit tells the story of becoming overcome with lust for the samurai’s wife. He convinces the samurai to leave the mountain trail in the promise of finding a supply of ancient swords. Once deep in the woods, the bandit subdues the samurai, and ties him up. The bandit then leads the samurai’s wife to the grove, and after initially fighting off the bandit, he seduces her.read full summary
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