Wednesday, December 5, 2012

OLDIE GOLDIES: Rashômon (1950)

This week on Oldie Goldies I bring you another impressive Kurosawa film - "Rashômon". This mesmerizing film tells a fascinating story that deeply explores the complex nature of human psychology. Centered around the aftermath of a disturbing murder, it brings up a plethora of issues such as guilt, pride and jealousy. All of this is probed in a brisk 88 minutes, reeling you in from start to finish. This extraordinary film earned an unexpected Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction, in addition to its Oscar win for Best Foreign Language Film.

Classic Quote
"Dead men tell no lies."

Classic Scene 
"Duel Without Honor" 

Did you know?
The film is based on two stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa — ("Rashomon" provides the setting, while "In a Grove" provides the characters and plot).


  1. I've wanted to see this for years but haven't got around to it yet. I'm surprised to read it is only 88 minutes long! I expected an epic three hour runtime for some reason.

    1. I was expecting an epic too! I think the film's title and the director implies something grand. Go check it out, it's quite an easy watch.

    2. It's on my LoveFilm list so it will arrive eventually. Looking forward to it.