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The Rashomon Effect Explained — Who Do You Trust?

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Rashomon effect

The Rashomon Effect is a term used to describe how a single event can be described in a variety of ways due to the unreliability of multiple witnesses. The witnesses’ unreliability and subjectivity are a result of situational, social and cultural differences. 

The term “Ras...

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The origin story

A bandit was accused of murdering the Samurai and raping the Samurai’s wife. The woodcutter, the priest (who has seen the Samurai and his wife prior to the murder), the Samurai’s wife, the bandit, and even the ghost of the Samurai were summoned at a trial. However, each account of the event is di...

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Take aways for screen writers

1.CONFLICT: It drives a plot forward, reveals character, and engages an audience. The Rashomon Effect is based on contradicting reports of the same event. The search for the truth can be a driving force of conflict for a story

This Rashomon style of storytelling for confli...

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2. Unreliable narrator

The use of an unreliable narrator may seem common today, but in 1950, films were presented from a more objective point of view .This allowed audiences to see the characters as they were or how the filmmak...

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At the end of Rashomon , our realization that none of the witnesses are reliable leaves us with more questions than answers. While most films at the time had a clear ending, the ending of Rashomon has no clear resolution.

Lack of a resolution may leave an audience rather f...

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