A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice,Rashomonis widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.
Rashomonwas restored by the Academy Film Archive, the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa Pictures, Inc. Funding provided by Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation and The Film Foundation.
Black & White
New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
Interview with director Robert Altman aboutRashomon
Excerpts fromThe World of Kazuo Miyagawa,a documentary onRashomon’s cinematographer
A Testimony as an Image,a sixty-eight-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
Archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura
Original and rerelease trailers
Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Stephen Prince; an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa’sSomething Like an Autobiography;and reprints ofRashomon’s two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “Rashomon” and “In a Grove”