02/101. Rashomon (1950)
Dir.: Akira Kurosawa
What can be said about this masterpiece that hasn’t been extensively dissected and broken down in over half a century?
The fact that Kurosawa is one of the greatest names of Japanese cinema is no news at all. Maybe that was the reason I waited so long, and through many recommendations, for the right moment to get to know this filmmaker’s opus.
Rashomon was the one chosen to open the list, and I think I couldn’t be off for a better start. It’s one of the famous samurai movies of the director, favorite among the fans (although with a twist on it). It explores questions of honor, narrative and the relative nature of “the truth” (so much meat to chew for this historian), while we, the viewers, witness different accounts of a same event in flashbacks. Can we really trust faulty humans to deliver objective fact?
Highlights to the scene where the woodcutter walks through the grove (impeccable cinematography), and the multifaceted acting of Machiko Kyo — who outshines even Mifune himself.
By the end of the movie, we both agreed in unison: masterpiece. 🐋
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