Rashomon (blu ray)

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Akira Kurosawa's hugely influential 1950 historical crime drama

Winner of the top prize at the 1952 Venice Film Festival and an Honorary Academy Award the same year, the film concerns a woodcutter (Takashi Shimura) who witnesses a horrific series of events - an ambush, the rape of a noblewoman (Machiko Kyo) and the subsequent murder of her samurai husband (Mayasuki Mori) by a bandit (Toshiro Mifune). Yet, in the recounting of the incidents at the trial, differing versions come from all involved, thus raising questions about the reliability of subjective 'truth'.

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Daisuke Kato, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Fukimo Homma, Kichijiro Ueda