Rashomon, the 1950 Akira Kurosawa classic, helped introduce Japanese cinema to the world and Amblin Entertainment plans to create a direct adaptation.
Amblin Television announced today that it has optioned the rights to RASHOMON, Akira Kurosawa’s groundbreaking, iconic film as the basis for a new dramatic mystery thriller series. More facts to come!
— Amblin (@amblin) December 18, 2018
The film tackles on the subject on how truth can be blurred depending on perspective centering on a bandit Toshiro Mifune, bride Machiko Kyō, and her slain fiancee samurai Masayuki Mori. Each tell a different version of the same events about a rape and murder. The concept of examining the same course of events through different perspectives is a trope often used in modern storytelling whether in film or TV.
Some modern filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino have even tweaked the formula to where sequences are often revisited with additional information provided through different perspectives.
While the Kurosawa’s Rashomon was a masterpiece in and of itself, but extending the story through television and drawing out what is already a perfect film in its own right, seem sacrilegious. If there’s a benefit to this, it could get the curious to see the Kurosawa original, but why not just re-release it to cinemas?
The film is already available for home viewing. Could the new version be faithful to the Kurosawa original or would a modern take on the tale breathe new life to the story? Sound off in the comments below.