A Thai remake of Kurosawa's classic "Rashomon". Now shot in colour and in scenic settings, the film offers a pretty good visual experience. Other than that, the 60-year-old original, in black and white, is at least one cut above this more recent version.
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A troubled monk, a poor woodcutter and a cynical undertaker take shelter from a storm and ponder the outcome of a murder trial earlier that day where the monk and woodcutter served as witnesses. A wealthy woman was raped and her husband murdered, but the woman, the accused bandit and the ghost of the husband (speaking through a medium) all tell very different stories of how it happened. A very pretty Thai retelling of a Japanese story that confronts some very important, perhaps uncomfortable, questions about human character and really requires you think to figure out what is true and why you think so.
The core idea of retelling Akutagawa's short story "In A Grove" (made cinematically famous by Kurosawa's film Rashomon (also an Akutagawa short story)) in the context of Buddhism was excellent, but the film, is somewhat overblown and overlong, perhaps intentionally, but still it is so. It's well worth watching, and don't be fooled by the title or cover image, it's not very exciting with sword fights (although there is one) etc. It's philosophical theatrics.
I found this to be very boring. I kept wanting to nod off while watching.
An accurate retelling of the Japaneese classsic "Roshomon",.. but in beautiful ancient Thailand, with lavish production values.
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