Rashomon [1950] [Criterion] (DVD)

Akira Kurosawa

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Synopsis

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) 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 (Yojimbo) - to the Western world.

 

Also available on Blu-ray.

Product Details

  • Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Masayuki Mori, Daisuke Kato, Minoru Chiaki, Machiko Kyo, Kichijiro Ueda, Fumiko Honma
  • Format: DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 2202

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
  • Video introduction by director Robert Altman
  • Excerpts from The World of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary on Rashomon’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
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince; an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa’s Something Like an Autobiography; and reprints of Rashomon’s two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “Rashomon” and “In a Grove”
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