Rashomon thorugh the eyes of an Indian:
Finally, I managed to watch the 1950s' Japanese movie Rashomon last month.
For a guy whose lived in Japan for 2+ years, and adimred their Skyscrappers, the Beerbots, the mobile technology, the game shows, etc..., Rashomon was a pleasant suprise.
Begin I continue further...just in case you haven't seen the movie yet, its a absolutely marvelous movie.
The movie just deals with one incident, a crime, and 4 different narrations of the crime from by people. The movie deals with idea 'Subjectivity of truth'
It has inspired so many movies in various languages including Virumaandi in my mother tounge Tamil.
It actually reminded me so much of life in present day Indian villages.
The court scene where the men squat and respond to questions in such a submissive manner, could very well be set in a village panchayat in India. (Katta panchayat).
Samurai Seppuku's core theme which puts Honor before death is analogous to many medieval warrior stories in Tamil literature.
The monk, robber, the lady could all be mistaken for some characters straight out of Indian village.
Anyway, it still amazes me that Akira Korosawa made such a movie way back in 1950!!!
Hoping to see more Akira Kurosawa movies soon :-)
P.S: The movie is available in youtube with english subtitles...legally!!!...have fun:-) and post your thoughts!!