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09 July, 2010

Ryunosuke Akutagawa, "In a Grove"

Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story told in 7 parts was the basis for Akira Kurosawa's film, Rashomon. The story, a murder mystery on the one hand, is about shame, truth, and greed. A young wife, Masago, aged 19, and her husband, Takehiko, are tricked by robber, Tajomaru, into following him into the cedar grove to see a treasure that they could purchase for a good deal. Each section of the story tells the events from a different person's point-of-view and the actual facts are not discernible even though they all seem to be true. The last section is told by the dead husband through a medium.

The movie Rashomon was made in 1950. The short story was written in 1922 and published in a popular Japanese literary monthly. A reprint of the story, translated by Takashi Kojima is included in the Summer 2010 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.