There are not many directors who come up with something so innovative that a cinematic phenomenon is named in their honour. There are really only a few who can make that claim to fame. Lev Kuleshov, for example, came up with the Kuleshov effect in the 1920s, while Alfred Hitchcock introduced the Vertigo shot. And then there is the Rashomon effect, which has everything to do with the subjective nature of memory. Rashomon (1950) had a drastic effect in its rejuvenating cinematic language, and is widely considered one of the best narrative films ever made. It served as a gateway to Japanese cinema for the western world, introducing an impressive new movie star as well: Toshiro Mifune.

It quickly becomes clear when watching the movie why it quickly garnered such global fame. It is a fantastic and gripping psychological thriller that explores truth and the meaning of justice, delving into the issues in great depth, in marvellous shots and ingenious flashbacks. At a hearing, four protagonists each explain their take on a case involving murder and rape. The four stories form a challenging and complex puzzle for viewers, in a movie that continues to intrigue, some 70 years after conception.

Information regarding corona
During the corona pandemic Zienema will have a different setting with tables and chairs. The maximum amount of visitors is 35 instead of 70.

– Please buy your tickets online. It is however possible to buy them at the counter, but you’ll need to leave your name, email address and phonenumer.
– Duoseat: Going to the movie with your partner of roommate? Buy both tickets at once and ask for a duoseat when entering.
– Soloseat: Going alone? Ask for a soloseat when entering.

Rashomon Trailer (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)