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Rashomon R2 SE in October

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Rashomon (Special Edition) on 13th October 2008 priced at £19.99 RRP. Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, like most of his films, is set during a time of social crisis – pestilence, fires, civil war in 11th Century Japan. Three characters seek shelter from a driving rainstorm beneath the ruined Rashomon gate that guards the southern entrance to the court capital. As they wait for the storm to pass, the priest, the woodcutter and the commoner discuss a recent and scandalous crime – a noblewoman was raped in the forest, her samurai husband killed as a result of either murder or suicide, and a thief named Tajomaru was arrested for the crime.

Features include:

  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • Japanese Mono
  • English subtitles
  • Introduction by John Boorman (6mins)
  • A Testimony As An Image: Rashomon documentary (68mins)
  • Trailer
  • Booklet featuring original stories the film was based on and The Emperor & The Wolf chapter from book about Kurosawa and Mifune

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