Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
"Rasho" means "citadel". "Mon" means "gate". Rashomon means the front gate of Heijokyo (Nara City) or Heiankyo (Kyoto). During the Nara Era, the capital of Japan was Heijokyo, from 710 A.D. to 784 A.D. From the Heian Era to the Edo Era, Heiankyo was the capital, from 794 A.D. to 1869 A.D. "Kyo" means "capital", and "To" means "east". So, with this in mind, Kyoto means the great capital, while Tokyo means the eastern capital.
Wait! Stop! Either you die or my husband dies. One of you must die. To have my shame known to two men is worse than dying. I will go with the survivor.
Around the 22:30 mark (in the Criterion release), the bandit explains to the husband about the sword and where it came from, but the words don't even come close to matching his lips' movements.
Criterion Collection releases of this film feature an English Dubbed Version in addition to the traditional, original Japanese version. This is unusual in that Criterion are usually film purists that do not put English language dubs on their discs that contain a foreign language film.
$15,942 28 July 2002