About

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

8.3
3,278
Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Written by

Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay)
Shinobu Hashimoto (Screenplay)
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (Novel)

Runtime

88 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Tagline

The husband, the wife...or the bandit?

Cast

Keywords

japan rape truth samurai criminal dying and death court rain woodcutter medium sunlight court case multiple perspectives

Lists

#112 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#20 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#290 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#22 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire

Awards

Honorary Award

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Takashi Matsuyama H. Motsumoto