RASHOMON (1950) wr: Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto| dir: Akira Kurosawa

To say that Kurosawa is a cinema giant is perhaps a great understatement; on par with Alfred Hitchcock as one of the true artists who defined cinematic grammar, reshaped the aesthetics, and made over a dozen films that had a significant impact on the culture, the filmmaking community, and art. His international calling card, the unreliable narrator mystery RASHOMON stands at the front of the line. Samurai films, must like American Westerns, encompass a great deal of storytelling potential because their foundations give the audience and the filmmaker a set of world rules that allow for diving deep into the human condition all the more spectacular.