Legalized Rashomon Remake on the Horizon at Harbor Light
by Kevin Powers
September 23, 2008
Back in 1950, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa released an award-winning puzzle of a drama called Rashomon that surrounded the rape of a wife and the apparent murder of her husband. Today, that film has been picked up by Harbor Light Entertainment and is slated to be Americanized come 2010. The studio actually announced the project back in 2001, but has had little success in getting it greenlit; that is until various international studios came in to partake in the project. Variety states that in retrofitting the film to American audiences, a court will decide the facts around the crimes. In setting the film in modern-day legal proceedings, I imagine it's unlikely that the dead husband's perspective will carry over.
The central story of the original Rashomon deals with the rape and murder, which is retold in flashbacks from four different points of view: the rapist, the dead husband (via a medium), the raped wife and a random woodcutter. A hallmark of the original was that the various stories were so contradictory, the audience really had to make an effort to determine what was the truth. Not a bad setup, but I certainly hope this doesn't end up like Vantage Point. Beyond that, the new English-language version of Rashomon seems like it could be a pretty solid thriller. I can't say I'm overly intrigued at this point, given the volumes of "Law and Order" and "The Practice" I've consumed over the years, but I'll wait for more to surface.