#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story – that Tajômaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife – but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ. The woodcutter reveals at Rashômon that he knows more than he let on at the trial, thus bringing into question his own actions. But another discovery at Rashômon and the resulting actions from the discovery bring back into focus the woodcutter’s own humanity or lack thereof.
Plot: 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.
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What did we just see?
‘People forget the unpleasant things. They only remember what they want to remember.’
In Rashomon the editing tells ½ of the story. It may feel experimental or unconventional, but Kurosawa perfects the concept second by second, directing and editing. This film didn’t need a big budget to come perfectly to the point. It’s a simple tale, but not a superficial tale. Different points of view and selective memories (‘It’s true! I saw it!’) don’t only make the woods unsafe, but are one of the most universal topics of humanity. ‘We humans are weak creatures. That’s why we lie, even to ourselves’ says it all actually: it’s about what people want to hear and when they start being interested at all, apart from wishful thinking. Selfish excuses vs trust in other people.
Rashomon gets masterful when in one instant there is literally a different point of view: the camera takes another position to shoot the same sequence, thereby forcing the audience to reconsider what they just saw. That is the sort of storytelling that the supposed masters of cinema in our time yet have to equal, or try to copy when they fail. Admitted ‘Memento’ (2000, Nolan) is a truly great one. Still not THAT universal. ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) didn’t come close, ‘La Commare Secca’ (1962) also didn’t. ‘Ghost dog: the way of the samurai’ (1999) touched another border of the concept, or does it?
The use of (non-original) music in my opinion reveals a certain interest for western influence, not only in Rashomon, but also in Kurosawa’s forthcoming films, and is probably why his films were so influential on western filmmakers too.
The cinematography is dynamic and changes scene by scene to emphasize exactly what is going on. The shadows of leaves and branches, captured by cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, make you really feel ‘in the woods’, while the actors (Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura) convince the remaining part of the audience (which adds up to 100% breathless viewers). It may be after days that you first realize you saw an important film. After weeks you realize that you must see it again to comprehend (despite it’s only 85 min), and ironically that is just one of the crucial points that Kurosawa made. 10/10
This Japanese film I had the poster of many times, and I heard it was possibly the most talked about film from director Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Ran), and obviously it featured in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, so I had to see it. Basically at the former gatehouse called Rashômon a heavy rainfall is happening, and taking refuge from it are a Priest (Minoru Chiaki), a Woodcutter (Takashi Shimura) and a Commoner (Kichijirô Ueda), the priest and the woodcutter recall the story of a samurai murdered in a forest grove, the woodcutter discovered the body three days earlier. The film flashes back to the murder trial, when the priest and woodcutter were summoned to testify, the priest ran into the samurai Takehiro Kanazawa (Masayuki Mori) and his wife Masako (Machiko Kyô) the same day before the murder occurred going through the forest, three other people who are supposedly the only direct witnesses testified as well, notorious bandit Tajômaru (Toshirô Mifune), the samurai’s wife, and the samurai himself testifying through a Medium (Noriko Honma). The three of them tell structured stories about how Tajômaru, who claims he did indeed rape the wife and murder the victim, but these stories contradict each other as well, with the way the motivations and killing happened. At Rashômon the woodcutter reveals that following the trials he actually knows more than he was letting on, this brings his own actions into question, but another discovery and the actions from it bring the woodcutter’s own humanity or lack of into focus, a baby was left in a basket near the scene of the crime and the woodcutter stole the murder weapon, the knife, after finding the body, he wanted to care for the child himself, the priest understands his point of view. Also starring Daisuke Katô as Policeman. The direction by Kurosawa is stylised very well, the acting by all the cast members, especially Mifune as the stressed bandit is great, and the editing techniques for flashbacks and plot are for the experimentation with what is true and what we think very clever, all combined makes an atmospheric and intriguing drama. It was nominated the Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and it won the Honorary Award voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951, and it was nominated the BAFTA for Best Film from any Source. Very good!
Original Language ja
Runtime 1 hr 28 min (88 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Akira Kurosawa
Writer Ryûnosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
Actors Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 9 wins & 5 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Daiei Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan
Film Length 2,360 m (Sweden, cut version), 2,380 m (Sweden, uncut version), 2,406 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm