11th Century Japan was a time of social crisis, rife with pestilence, fires and civil war. Three people seek shelter from a driving rainstorm beneath the ruined Rashomon gate that guards the southern entrance to the court capital. As they wait for the storm to pass, the priest, the woodcutter and the commoner discuss a recent and scandalous crime – a noblewoman was raped in the forest, her samurai husband killed as a result of either murder or suicide, and a thief named Tajomaru was arrested for the crime. Kurosawa’s genius is such that Rashomon has transcended its own status in cinema to influence modern culture and symbolize general notions about the relativity of truth, unreliability and subjectivity of memory.
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