A murder takes place in a forest. A samurai is killed. A court convenes and three testimonies are heard: a bandit, the samurai’s wife and the samurai himself, from beyond the grave. Each testimony differs in significant ways. These sequences are presented in flashback, told by a commoner to a woodcutter and priest as they shelter from a storm underneath Rashomon city gate. However, these three also have their own perspectives on what actually happened.
The film won the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival and an Honorary Oscar for the most outstanding foreign film. It remains one of the key works of Japanese cinema.
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Running time: 1hr 28mins
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura
All Seats £5 (Concessions £4)