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Canon Fodder Episode 1 – Rashomon

Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950)

Dare Daniel Presents: Canon Fodder – Episode 1

Rashomon (1950; Dir.: Akira Kurosawa)

From the heroes who brought you Dare Daniel…welcome to Canon Fodder!

In the coming months, years, decades and lifetimes, friends and fellow cinephiles Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell will be randomly working their way through the cinematic canon. For their pilot episode, Daniel and Corky review Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential 1950 masterpiece Rashomon. Or do they? There are a few different takes floating around out there.

Released at a time when film culture was so young that a single movie could change everything forever, Rashomon did exactly that. But is it still relevant to modern audiences? Listen along as Daniel and Corky put the movie to the test on their Slight or Sound scale.


Japanese theatrical debut: Aug. 24, 1950 (U.S. theatrical debut: Dec. 16, 1951)

Sight & Sound  2022 Critics List Ranking: #41 (tied)

IMDB synopsis: “The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai’s ghost and a woodcutter.”

Ratings: Corky: Sound; Daniel: Sound


Theatrical trailer for Rashomon

The opening sequence

A “ghastly discovery” in the grove

Cinematography of Rashomon


Limite (1931; Dir.: Mario Peixoto)

IMDB synopsis: “Three people (Raul Schnoor, Olga Breno and Tatiana Rey) sail aimlessly while remembering their past.”

Our review of Limite comes out on Nov. 28!

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