• Dir: Kurosawa Akira

  • Japan, 1950, 88min

  • Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Kyo Machiko, Mori Masayuki

Questioning the nature of truth in an “involuted, elliptical style” (Donald Richie, 1987), Kurosawa Akira’s classic film on multiple perspectives and unreliable narrators is as provocative and inspired as ever in a 4K new restoration. A dreadful crime happened in a lush grove near medieval Kyoto, and four contradicting stories describe how and why. A bandit (Mifune Toshiro), a woman (Kyo Machiko), her dead husband (Mori Masayuki) and a woodcutter (Shimura Takashi) testify (and sometimes recant) their accusatorytales of theft, rape and murder – each offering an intriguing descent into the depths of both human virtue and self-interest. Using multiple cameras and mirrors, renowned cinematographer Miyagawa Kazuo not only redefined the geographies of cinematic narrative space, but also helped Kurosawa evoke the sensual textures reminiscent of silent cinema.

1951 Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion Best Film
1952 Academy Awards, Honorary Award



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