Long before Quentin Tarantino was filing away endless VHS tapes as a video store clerk while dreaming up his signature approach to unconventional cinematic story logic that twists narrative structure and messes with an audience’s response to time – there was Akira Kurosawa‘s indelibly awesome (not to mention monumentally influential) RASHOMON.
Brimming with action while incisively examining the wholly subjective nature of truth, RASHOMON is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera, flashbacks, and multiple perspectives master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature. In feudal Japan, three men sheltering from a storm discuss an incident where a bandit raped a woman whose husband then somehow died. The film’s innovative narrative structure recounts that incident from four differing viewpoints, as the men recount different versions of the same story.
“Akira Kurosawa is always worth a look, but this is a particular classic that has influenced so much to come, it’s almost essential.” (Empire Magazine)
“The mixture of bravura camera work, muscular direction and inventive storytelling remains unmissable.” (Daily Express)
“Unmissable.” (The Guardian)
Sunday, September 3
Doors 6:45 pm | Movie 7:15 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa, 1950 / 88 mins / PG / Japanese with English subs) In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? An Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.