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Big screen classics


Akira Kurosawa employs multiple viewpoints in this thrilling drama.

Image from Rashomon

Japan 1951
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Mayasuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Besides introducing western audiences to Japanese cinema, Kurosawa’s Venice prize-winner was influential in deploying a multiple narrative that represents different viewpoints of a vicious criminal act in 12th-century Kyoto. A meditation on subjectivity that questions the notion of absolute truth, the film is dynamically thrilling, visually bold and marvellously performed. Mifune, especially, endows his character with an almost bestial energy.

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