Rashomon (1950), 88 minutes [Unrated]
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Shot in black and white, this multi-award-winning film tells the story of a heinous crime and its aftermath from five different perspectives. A brilliant exploration of truth and human weakness.
A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story – that Tajômaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife – but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ.
100% Tomatoemeter – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘One of legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s most acclaimed films, Rashomon features an innovative narrative structure, brilliant acting, and a thoughtful exploration of reality versus perception.’
Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian , Thursday 17th June 2010
‘Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 masterwork is a chilling, utterly memorable dissection of the nature of human communication.’
Food served from 7.00pm. Screenings start at 8.00pm
Price: £9.50. including a BBQ supper – paid up Meetup – Grasmere Movie Night group members £8.00
Film Screening Saturday 26th October
The Cat Returns (2005 UK) – 75 min (U)
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Starring: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
Genres – Animation | Adventure | Comedy
After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.
A young girl rescues a mysterious cat from traffic and soon finds herself the unwelcome recipient of gifts and favors from the King of the Cats, who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune. With the assistance of a fat, grouchy real cat and a an elegant cat statuette come to life (both characters featured in Studio Ghibli’s earlier anime “Whisper of the Heart”), the girl visits the Cat Kingdom and narrowly escapes again.
A Japanese animation from the legendary Studio Ghibli (creators of Spirited Away), directed by Hiroyuki Morita. The story has a moderate charm, but is less baroque and ambitious than many Japanese animations. It’s probably best enjoyed if you are, as it were, a cat person.
Film starts 8.30pm – free admission Joining us for food – please book ahead
Spirited Away (2001) PG
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (original title)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
This weekend’s film is for families and fans of Miyazaki’s Japanese animation of all ages. According to the Guardian – Spirited Away is the most successful Japanese film ever.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs when her father decides to take a shortcut along a lonely-looking dirt road. After getting out of the car and walking along a path for a while, they discover an open-air restaurant filled with food but with no workers or customers present. Mom and Dad don’t hesitate to sit down and dig in, but Chihiro senses danger and refuses. As night falls, she is terrified to see the area fill with faceless spirits, but when she runs to find her parents, she discovers that they have been turned into pigs. She is found by a mysterious boy named Haku, who promises to help her. He gets her a job working in a nearby building, which turns out to be a bathhouse for the thousands of Japan’s gods and spirits. Though the work is hard and the people strange, she does as well as she can. Her parents, however, are still waiting in the hotel’s stockyard…