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Rashomon (Not Rated)

Japanese with English subtitles

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever made about the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, director/co-writer Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai, Ran) reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the same story: the murder of a man (Masayuki Mori) and the rape of his wife (Machiko Kyo). The great Toshiro Mifune gives a commanding performance as a bandit in an eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world. The basis for this stunning new restoration was a 35mm print created in 1962 from the original camera negative. Scanned at 4K resolution, that 47-year-old print has been meticulously cleaned both digitally and by hand, complete with a new, seamless soundtrack. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival.