Fun fact: Rashomon was the first Akira Kurosawa movie I’d ever seen. (My first Toshiro Mifune movie would’ve been 1941, because my parents loved it and we watched it often.) It’s funny to watch it now and spot so many Kurosawa regulars (like Takashi Shimura, Kichijiro Ueda, Minoru Chiaki, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Kato, etc.), when back then I had no clue.
In retrospect I sort of wish I’d held off on Rashomon until I was better acquainted with Kurosawa’s work, just because, when I first saw it, I just didn’t get much of it. In time I grew to love it, but still—if the first Kurosawa film I’d seen had been The Seven Samurai or The Hidden Fortress, then I might’ve gotten into his movies quicker than I did.
Then again, I still ended up in love with his movies, so it’s really not a problem, which road led me here.
(For the record, my default favorite Kurosawa movie is Stray Dog, but honestly, I love a lot of them equally—Stray Dog, Ikiru, The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Dersu Uzala, The Hidden Fortress, so on, so forth.)
[Again, photo’s from DVDBeaver]