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Looneymanthegreat's Movie Reviews (125)

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Rashômon 
Kurosawa's best film
4/4 stars

A Fascinating depiction of distorted reality Rashomon is Kurosawa’s best movie. It shows the events of a mans death as seen by several people, all of which have accounts that only slightly resemble each other. I really just love the lack of convention in this movie. Sure seeing the same events from different angles is nothing new now, just look at Vantage Point, but no movie had really done it before Rashomon, and no movie has done it as well since.

The film has an iconography to it. The shot’s of the sunlight coming through the tree’s, the Rashomon gate in the rain and the characters looking into the camera telling the story from their angles are all iconic images that stick in the brain. The film is shot like a painting. I could probably put any random still from this movie, hang it on my wall and it would look beautiful.

I knew going in that I had to put an Akira Kurosawa film on this list, and I picked Rashomon for a reason, all his other time pieces tend to get crossways in my brain, but not Rashomon, Rashomon stands out as a singular original vision, and I think I can honestly say it’s my favorite Kurosawa film.


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