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Rashomon Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Masterpiece about absolute truth. Best for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a psychologically and morally complex tale of a trial to determine who is at fault for a murder and possible rape. The rape is not depicted onscreen, but is discussed openly. The murder is rendered somewhat realistic, though without gratuitous bleeding or goriness.

  • Families can talk about the potential fallibility of the legal system in relation to absolute truth. What factors do you think played a role in the credibility of one witness's account over another? Have you ever been in a situation when you heard two different accounts of the same event? Which version did you believe? Why? How was it resolved?

The good stuff
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    Messages: All characters are shown to have some level of sinister motivations.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Sword fighting and a killing. The film revolves around a bandit on trial for raping a young woman.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue