Akira Kurosawa’s Oscar-winning Rashômon comes to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in September. Exclusive special features include a newly-produced 34-minute location documentary and a feature-length audio commentary by Kurosawa expert Stuart Galbraith IV. Also included is an extensive booklet with new writing and full credits.
A woodcutter witnesses a horrific series of events – an ambush, rape and murder. In the telling of the tale, however, each of the four participants gives a different view of what actually happened – is anyone telling the truth?
Kurosawa’s masterly and influential film plays on the subjective nature of truth while unfurling a riveting tale of violence and greed. The first film to alert Western audiences to the riches of Japanese cinema, it was remade in Hollywood as The Outrage, starring Paul Newman, and is credited as a key influence on Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects.
Rashômon will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in a restored edition on 21st September 2015 by the BFI at the RRP of £19.99 for either edition.
New audio commentary by Kurosawa expert Stuart Galbraith IV
Rashômon at 65 (Stuart Galbraith IV, 2015, 34 mins): documentary visiting some of Rashômon’s key locations, featuring interviews with former staff from the Daiei-Kyoto Studios
John Boorman on Rashômon (6 mins), introduction by director John Boorman (Deliverance, The Emerald Forest)
Illustrated booklet with a new essay by Stuart Galbraith IV and full credits