One of the most brilliantly constructed films of all time, RASHOMON is a monument to Akira Kurosawa's greatness, combining his well-known humanism with an experimental narrative style that has become a hallmark of film history. The central portion of the film revolves around four varying
points of view of the rape of a woman and the death of her husband in a forest. Set in the 11th century, the film opens with a framing device, the conversation between three men--a woodcutter (Takashi Shimura), a priest (Minoru Chiaki), and a commoner (Kichijiro Ueda)--who have taken refuge from a
rainstorm under the ruins of the stone Rashomon Gate. The priest relates the details ...