A black and white image of a couple walking through woodland

Sunday Classic: Rashomon (12A)

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Japan/Japanese (English subtitles) (1950)
Sunday 22 May 2022 1:45pm
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  • Peak Screenings (after 6pm) £10.50. Concessions £9
  • Off-Peak Screenings (before 6pm) £9. Concessions £8
  • Under 26s £5 all screenings

  • Cast
    Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori


    1 hour and 28 minutes

    Recommended Age:
    12A Contains moderate threat and sexual violence references

    The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter. 

    A nobleman and his wife, travelling through a wood, are set upon by a bandit who kills the man and rapes the woman – or at least, so it seems. But the story becomes less clear-cut as we’re shown the incident from four angles – one version from each of the participants (the murdered man through the voice of a medium), plus the account of a woodcutter who witnessed the events. Who can be believed – if anyone? The film’s dominated by Toshiro Mifune as the bandit, giving a performance of such boundless, gleefully savage energy that he makes every other action star of the silver screen seem flatfooted by comparison. – Philip Kemp, BFI


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