Year: 1950

Genre: Crime, Drama

Duration: 87 mins

Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura

Director: Akira Kurosawa

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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.

'The film's dominated by Toshiro Mifune as the bandit, giving a performance of such boundless, gleefully savage energy that he makes every other action star of the silver screen seem flatfooted by comparison.' - Philip Kemp