3.5, Japan


1950 / Akira Kurosawa > No doubt that it’s quite sad when such a revolutionary film does not age well: Rashomon’s contrasting viewpoints and inquiries into the nature of truth was of great importance when the film had its initial release. But while it’s important to respect the film for its place in the annals of history, it’s bound to underwhelm the majority of viewers who’ve seen the same techniques further refined in a barrage of films over the past decade or two. Thus, it’s important to not ask, “Is The Usual Suspects better?” but rather to focus on how it has improved upon the foundation originally laid by Kurosawa.