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Kurosawa’s Rashomon, re-viewed

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This article, although it devotes some space to Akira Kurosawa’s overall career, focuses on Rashomon (1950) – a film that many consider his greatest work, and one of the great artworks of the twentieth century. Rashomon is also the film that made Kurosawa one of the first Japanese directors to become known to the West, and that even gave rise to a term – the ‘Rashomon effect’ – now used not only in cinema but also in literature, legal studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology and history.
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Keywords: Akira Kurosawa; Japanese cinema; Rashomon; Ryunosuke Akutagawa; Toshiro Mifune; adaptation; modernism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Kurdistan, Hewlêr

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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