Director Akira Kurosawa's classic meditation on the nature of truth ingeniously deploys innovative camera angles and flashbacks to reveal the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. More than a classic, it is a cinematic archetype that has served as a template for countless films since. The 1950 movie, starring Toshiro Mifune, won two awards at the Venice Film Festival and an honorary Oscar in 1952, and transformed narrative cinema as we know it. In Japanese with English subtitles.
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