Thought I'd post this just for kicks even though I just wrote about not looking too much at features for story structure...
Logline: A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from different points of view
Concept Statement: Humanity is self-serving and sinful, but our hope and salvation comes for the few who our attempt to make up for their crimes.
- Themes: Imperfections of Human Nature; no accuracy, only bias
- Director Kurosawa was influenced by traditional Japanese Kabuki Theater. This is evidenced by the Shaman scene and the way Tojomaru would often exaggeratedly smile not unlike a Kabuki mask
- No heroic archetype, though each character seems to be the protagonist of their own story
- The Wife is a good example of a character who is not admirable but who is still sympathetic
- The film was made during post-WW2 Japan. As a result, the tone of the film is pessimistic, similar to how Japan might have felt after being defeated.
- The film coined the term, 'Rashomon Effect,' which means contradictory interpretations by the same people
Notes on Global Cinema:
- Nonlinear Narrative
- No happy ending
- Not Invisible Editing