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Rashomon again

09.22.2008

Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece RASHOMON and its twisting multiple perspectives have influenced dozens of movies, some good (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, RESERVOIR DOGS), some not quite so (BASIC, ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL'S).

Why not go right to the source material -- and remake it? That's now the case with an update planned for a 2010 release.

Kurosawa's 1950 original starred Toshiro Mifune and was set in feudal Japan. The mystery involved a rape and murder, and several contradictory accounts of the crime.

Unsurprisingly, the new version will be contemporized and set in America (as opposed to, say, wherever VANTAGE POINT took place) and comes from companies Harbor Light and Lotus, who are also planning an animated version of Kurosawa's unproduced script THE MASQUE OF BLACK DEATH.

Extra Tidbit: Filmmaker Werner Herzog once called RASHOMON "perfect".
Source: Variety

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