Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Last night I finally got round to watching another movie that has been much too long on my Must-See-Film list: 'Rashomon'. It's not a samurai movie, per se. It is about the human condition - about truth, or the elusiveness of it.

Directed by the masterful Akira Kurosawa with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (shooting at camera angles considered innovative at the time), the film stars Toshiro Mifune in the role of the bandit. Mifune's characterization of Tajomaru is not only brilliantly portrayed, but the man is absolutely strikingly beeee-yooo-tee-full in this role! Ken Watanabe (or as my sistah calls him: Watanabe Ken)(surname first is the proper address) has nothin' on Mifune-san! Young Mifune might just be my new 'crush', as Young Buster Keaton was a few years ago when I screened (just about) ALL of his Pre-MGM silent films.

'Rashomon' - Rent it, buy it, borrow it or steal it.
Just be sure to watch it.

One word movie review: stunning.

HUZZAH for incredibly talented makers of movies!


Lauren said...

That is the same amazing cinematographer who shot Floating Weeds, which I LOVED! I'm adding Rashomon to our Netflix queue right now....

baffle said...

I'm adding Floating Weeds to our Netflix queue right now!

(Be sure to watch the bonus features on the Rashomon dvd!)