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MEMORY ON FILM: RASHOMON

Director: Akira Kurosawa

88 mins, Japan, 1950, Digital, Subtitled, Black and White


This film screened on Saturday 11th May 2019.

A multipass with 5 films for €45 is available at Box Office.

Set in 11th century Japan, Kurosawa’s formally audacious film is a spellbinding investigation into the unreliability of memory. Three characters take shelter from a storm under Kyoto’s Rashomon gate and relay conflicting accounts of the recent murder of a samurai and the rape of his wife, their discordant perspectives revealing the subjective nature of each version of the ‘truth’. A breakout commercial success, Rashomon announced Kurosawa, and indeed Japanese cinema, to the world stage, winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film whilst in the process gifting the phrase ‘Rashomon-like’ to the English vernacular.

Screening as part of our Memory on Film season, May 11th to 29th 2019.

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