Digitally Restored “Rashomon” to Make East Coast Premiere in NYC

New York, NY (November 4, 2008) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Monday Nights with Oscar®” series will present the East Coast premiere of the new digitally restored print of renowned filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 masterpiece “Rashomon” on Monday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.

A crime drama that questions the very nature of truth, “Rashomon” is set in feudal Japan and depicts a violent incident from four different points of view. The film’s innovative approach and style cemented Kurosawa’s international reputation as a significant creative force and had a profound influence on cinematic storytelling, reflected in such films as “The Usual Suspects” (1995) and “Courage Under Fire” (1996), and on numerous works in other media.

The film won the Honorary Foreign Language Film Award for Japan and was nominated for Black-and-White Art Direction (Takashi Matsuyama, H. Matsumoto).

This screening will feature the new restoration from the Academy Film Archive in association with the Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation and The Film Foundation.

Tickets for “Rashomon” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased through the Academy's online ticketing system at There are no transaction or processing fees. Tickets may also be purchased by mail or at the door on the night of the event (subject to availability).

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

For additional information call (212) 821-9251 or visit

Photo of a scene from Rashoman

Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyo as they appear in “Rashomon,” 1950.

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Contact Information

For more information, contact

Teni Melidonian
(310) 247-3090

Harvey Bolgla
(212) 388-1400

Sara Trujillo
(212) 388-1400

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