Rashomon / 羅生門

Women can be evil too!

YES

Release Date: August 25, 1950
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Language: Japanese

Who should watch this movie: History buffs. Photographers. First year film students. Feminists (i.e. everyone ideally right?) 

When should you watch this movie: Not when you are feeling sad and need a pick-me-up. This is not a pick-me-up movie. This movie is for when you are feeling contemplative on a rainy day. I’m serious, do not watch this when the sun is out. Rain is key. 

The sell: Rashomon is one of the most visually stunning movies ever made and that alone would be reason to watch, but on top of that it explores themes of subjectivity, guilt, and justice through multiple perspectives. Kurosawa’s Rashomon is based on a pre-war short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, but is really a critique of Japan’s post-war denial of wartime atrocities. This movie is best enjoyed in tandem with group discussion to unpack the layers upon layers of thematic metaphor and double-meaning. Will this film leave you feeling hopeful after devastation? Probably not, but maybe. Depends on your perspective. 

CW Sexual Violence

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