Akira Kurosawa’s cult Japanese movie ‘Rashomon’ (1950) paved the way for a witty and revolutionary storytelling technique in the world of cinema. It exhibited several self-demonstrated contradictory truths of the same event through different characters as per their perceptions and aspirations. It focuses on an unscientific theory – ‘the truth revolves in the 360’. Every character has his/her own angle of truth as they look at it through that particular angle. The movie takes us on a journey of the same route with a new partner each time to provide a different experience. The following is the list of movies similar to Rashomon experience that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Rashomon on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Elephant (2003)
The mystery-drama is written and directed by Gus Van Sant. Two students, Alex and Eric conduct a massacre by shooting many students, teachers and the principal in their school as a revenge. We see the school through the eyes of various students accompanied by their own perception of the school as a happy, inspiring, disturbing, friendly and isolated place. The use of deliberate long shots and following camera at the back of the characters build the tension in the atmosphere of the movie.
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9. The Matrix (1999)
I am listing this sci-fi movie only due to its perception of material reality as the assumed simulated reality of the so-called dream world. Human beings, symbolically, want to live in the dream world and at the same time they reject the harsh reality of its futility. The movie releases an effect that confuses us about reality or the fact or the truth of human existence. It also allegorically plays with our religious and philosophical beliefs. Above all, it is a visual delight too.