Restored Asian Films
羅生門 (Rashōmon) [Rashomon]
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s short story ‘In a Grove’, published in 1922, became the basis for the 1950 film from Akira Kurosawa ‘Rashōmon’, one of the first Japanese films to gain worldwide critical acclaim. ‘The Rashōmon Effect’ has become a byword for the literary technique where the same event is presented via the different and incompatible testimonies from the characters involved.
Rashomon was Akira Kurosawa’s 11th film as a director and his international breakthrough. The story, based on two short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, features a horrible crime which is told through various conflicting points of view, raising questions about the nature of truth.
Alternate Titles: Rashomon
Original Production Country: Japan
Original Release Year: 1950
Original Elements Held By: NFAJ (NFC)
Original Distribution Company: Daiei Film Co. Ltd.
Production Company: Daiei Film Co. Ltd.
Producer: Masaichi Nagata, Minoru Jingo
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa
Editor: Akiro Kurosawa
Music/Score: Fumio Hayasaka
Other Credits: Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori
Colour System: B/W
Duration: 88 mins
Country Where Restored: United States
Restoration Release Date: 18 September 2008
Country Restoration First Screened: United States
Lab Image Restored By: Lowry Digital, Burbank, CA
Lab Audio Restored By: Audio Mechanics, Burbank, CA
Archive Partner(s) In Restoration: Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles
Restoration Funded By: Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation and The Film Foundation
Restoration Premiere: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 18 September 2008