This time, when i was searching for a weekend movie, i stumbled upon a Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, Rashomon (1950). The world of Cinema needs no introduction to this master. Mr.Kurosawa is one of the pioneers who took the cinema of Japan to the whole world.
While most of his films are based on the Japan empires and their kings, Rashomon is a crime thriller set in a Japanese village. On a rainy day, a wood-cutter and a priest are sitting near a gate discussing about something which confuses them a lot.
A third man walks in. They seek the help of the third man to solve their problem. The wood cutter starts his story dated three days back. A man has been murdered. The killer is a bandit. Bandit was caught. He was brought into the court-house. Now bandit starts to tell his story on the killing. Then the dead man’s wife appears and she tells a different story. Then the dead man himself tells his own version of the story through a medium. At last the wood-cutter comes with a different story altogether. The true story reveals itself at the end.
It is so inevitable that all men and women becomes suspicious. The story of a man and his death recalled from three differing views. Akira stands here. Such a great story telling. Terrible movie script-wise. A great piece of acting by Toshirô Mifune , as the bandit.
Mr. Kurosawa and his works definitely stands years ahead in-terms of story and script. Other notable films with these kind of scripts are Andha Naal (1954) (a Tamil film starring Sivaji Ganesan), Kamal Haasan‘s Virumaandi (2004) and Vantage Point (2008) by Pete Travis.
Also, Rashomon was the first Japanese film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film category.
On December 11th, 2008 the Oxford English Dictionary went through its latest update. Among the new entries are ‘Rashomon’ (n.), ‘Rashomon-like’ (adj.) and ‘Rashomon-style’ (adj. and adv.), all taking their original reference from the Akira Kurosawa movie.
Rashomon– A Masterpiece in story telling .
Watch the trailer here.