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Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world.

DVD Features

New high-definition transfer, with restored image and sound

Commentary by Japanese film historian Donald Richie

Video introduction by Robert Altman

Excerpts from The World of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary film about Rashomon's cinematographer

Reprints of the Rashomon source stories, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "In a Grove" and "Rashomon"

Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon: a reprinted excerpt from his book Something Like an Autobiography

Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

Theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


Toshiro Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Masayuki Mori

  • Genre: Crime Movies
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Producer: Daiei Studios
  • Length: 88 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 26, 1951
    JapanAug 25, 1950
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 22, 2002
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