Its cynical neatness perhaps lodges it a notch down from masterpiece level, but still outstanding.
Akira Kurosawa's 1950 masterwork is a chilling, utterly memorable dissection of the nature of human communication...
The real gift of "Rashomon" is in its emotions and visuals. The cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa evokes the heat, light and shade of a semi-tropical forest.
As has been true throughout his entire career, Kurosawa draws the best performances out of his actors. As the brash rogue at the center of the controversy, Toshiro Mifune is wonderfully robust.
...remains engrossing and provocative as conflicting testimonies emerge.