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10 Great Movies That Used The Rashomon Effect

By Thor Magnusson

Akira Kurosawa’s 1950’s classic “Rashomon” was groundbreaking for several reasons. Even if the Japanese director had been making films successfully since the 1940s, “Rashomon” was the true breakthrough for him on his home turf, with awards accolades and critical recognition occurring immediately.

Add to that, it was the first Japanese movie to really be successful overseas in the United States and Europe, leading the director to international acclaim there as well.

Lastly, and most importantly, it rewrote the rules of a film’s narrative: it told the same occurrence over again from three separate times, yet each time the events are recalled by a different person, and their personal view on the situation would slant and alter, compared to the others.

Thus, creating the Rashomon Effect, a specific narrative device used throughout the years by other filmmakers in other movies. So, let’s take a look at some of these key examples.

1. Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

David Fincher was no stranger to directing nail-biting thrillers with a heavy mystery slant, making him an unsurprising choice when signed on to adapt Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.

The first half of the film plays as a tense slow-building suspense film in his trademark approach, and focused on Ben Affleck’s jaded husband. He becomes suspect number one when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing. The audience follows his plight and is fairly sympathetic, if though near the end we begin to question his trustworthiness as an innocent and upstanding husband.

The carpet is pulled out from underneath the audience, though, when the truth about Pike’s ‘disappearance’ is revealed, as suddenly the timeline jumps back and things are told from her perspective. Quite refreshing as well; it isn’t a last-minute twist, but only the halfway point of the story, leading to a fine → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema