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Akira Kurowsawa's Rashomon

            Perception is defined as, recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory or insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by perceiving. In American's pursuit of the true, more often than not, a lot facts are either, missed or left out as to give strength to a story's positive or negative sides. Case in point would be the judicial system, where either a judge or a jury would here a trial and based on their perception of the law and or events in question render their verdict. To get to that point though, the judge and jury need to hear from the witnesses and victims or victim if they are around to tell their story. In Rashomon we are told a story from varying different points of views. From these perspectives we have to see if we can put the pieces together to hopefully get to the truth.
             Rashomon is based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Rashomon and In the Grove. It was made into a movie in 1950 and received both the Grand Prix of the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1951. .
             I found this movie to be very interesting in the way Akira Kurosawa told the story of Rashomon. Each person tells their version of the story so that they look better and because they were all selfish in their own way. Despite it being it being the same story told four times each time it gave you a little more of the puzzle. Characters weren't always what they appeared to be, case in point the husband. He was dressed as if were a samurai, yet he was willing to purchase stolen property from a grave no less, which means that he was not noble or had any honor. The bandit, during the trail testified how famous he was, yet he was dressed in rags. Actually almost everyone but the husband, the wife, and the sheriff were dressed in tattered clothing of sort, which shows each of them were poor. .
             The lighting in the film seemed to be nature while in the forest.

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