Perceptions of Reality in Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”


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21 Feb. 2011
Perceptions of Reality in Kurosawa’s "Rashomon"
Read any review or analysis on the Akira Kurosawa movie
, and each will mention the underlying theme of perception. There is this concept of perception, obviously, but there is also more to the film, in the sense that perception becomes a metaphysical event. In a philosophical framework, then, perception is reality. There also exists an element of the uncanny, which can be defined as a sense of otherworldliness that leaves a feeling of unease about circumstances, surroundings and situations. It may be classified as an evil, malevolent, spectral, or eerie. It is a frequent theme in literature, drama, cinema, and...
The end: to protect themselves.
If there is an object lesson to be learned, it is that “reality is what is real to the
.” It is the disjointed perspective that creates the unease in the film and provides the audience with its sense of experiencing the uncanny. There is nothing to be gained by lying, yet lying is part of being human, even if doing so furthers no cause or self preservation.
is a real story, told in a real way, with a dearth of realism.
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