Rashomon - Milestones

This 1950 Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa proceeds in the form of testimony by three participants and two witnesses. A bandit is on trial for the murder of a samurai and the rape of the samurai's wife. A woodcutter discovered the samurai's body and a priest saw the couple traveling through the woods. The beggar questions the woodcutter and priest about the trial. The samurai testifies through a medium.

In the Hook, we learn that this film is about the circumstances and aftermath of a murder-rape. Both the woodcutter and the priest are deeply troubled by what they've seen and heard. The commoner is greatly curious.

In the Inciting Incident, the woodcutter relates discovering the samurai's body in the woods.

At Plot Turn 1, the bandit relates enticing the samurai deeper into the woods (and away from his wife) with the promise of a rich cache of weapons and other valuables.

At Pinch Point 2, the bandit relates a mighty duel with the samurai.

At the Midpoint, the samurai's wife relates the samurai's cruel response to her pleas for comfort and compassion, and suggests that she may have stabbed the man while in a swoon.

At Pinch Point 2, the samurai relates his wife's telling the bandit to kill her husband so that she and the bandit can be together in peace.

At Plot Turn 2, the woodcutter breaks down and relates what he really saw, including the wife's using her knife to free the samurai from his bonds.

In the Deciding Incident, the woodcutter relates the wife's scuttling away from the bandit after the bandit finally kills the samurai at the end of a cowardly, inept duel.

In the Conclusion, the commoner steals from an abandoned baby, but the woodcutter determines to take the baby home to raise with his six natural children. The priest tells the woodcutter that this act of compassion has restored his faith in humanity. And altered his perception of the woodcutter's stealing the samurai's wife's dagger.

 

Minute Calc Dec Min Min:Sec Milestones Quote Range MaL Range MiL Range MiH Range MaH
End minute 0.17 0:1 Hook A woodcutter, a monk and a commoner discuss the trial of a bandit for the murder of a sumurai and the rape of the samurai's wife. The monk says the trial has shaken his faith in humanity.     2:54 5:38
87.64 11.10 11:06 Inciting Incident Woodcutter: The woodcutter discovers the body of the samurai. 5:38 8:22 13:5 16:34
First minute 22.04 22:0225 Plot Turn 1 Bandit: The samurai examines the sword the bandit offers to sell him. 16:34 19:18 24:46 27:3
0.17 32.97 32:58 Pinch 1 Bandit: The bandit and the samurai fight. 27:3 30:14 35:42 38:26
Preminutes 43.91 43:54 Midpoint Wife: The wife cowers before her husband's accusing gaze. 38:26 41:1 46:38 49:22
0.17 54.84 54:5 Pinch 2 Samurai: The wife tells the bandit to kill the samurai. 49:22 52:06 57:34 60:18
Minute total 65.77 65:46 Plot Turn 2 Woodcutter: The wife takes her knife to free the samurai. 60:18 63:02 68:3 71:14
87.47 76.71 76:42 Deciding Incident Woodcutter: The wife scuttles away from the bandit. 71:14 73:58 79:26 82:1
  87.64 87:38 Conclusion The woodcutter takes in the orphan. The monk says this act restores his faith in humanity. 82:1 84:54    
Av Distance                
10.93375                
Min Range                
2.73                
Max Range                 
5.47                

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