In 12th century Japan, a samurai and his wife are attacked by the notorious bandit Tajomaru, and the samurai ends up dead. Tajomaru (masterfully played by Toshiro Mifune) is captured shortly afterward and is put on trial, but his story and the wife's are so completely different that a psychic is brought in to allow the murdered man to give his own testimony. He tells yet another completely different story. Finally, a woodcutter who found the body reveals that he saw the whole thing, and his version is again completely different from the others.
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMON is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as the four witnesses recount different versions of this heinous event.
HIFF is honored to screen this digital restoration of the Japanese classic film and is being shown as a companion piece to the documentary MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI, which is nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Feature.