YMMV / Rashomon

  • Accidental Aesop: Don't encounter any strange men lying by the side of a forest path.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The jungle beat as the woodcutter struts through the forest.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Tajomaruís demeanor in court and during his flashback is very jarring―itís not even scary, just unnatural, with his unnatural bursts of laughter and awkward body language. Thatís probably because heís lying, and heís just pretending to be a big-shot bandit.
    • We are meant to think the woodcutter is lying about his story because he stole the dagger. But if what he says about having six other children to feed aside from the abandoned infant is true, he could easily be interpreted as stealing the costly dagger to make ends meet. And all the other aspects of the story could very well be true.
    • Why was the supposed actual fight between Tajomaru and the man so pathetic? If you look at each of the stories, both men paint each other in a positive light. Tajomaru interprets the man as willing to fight for the hand of his woman, while the man forgives Tajomaru for all he'd done and interprets him nobly and refusing to kill the man.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Tajomaru. It's a rugged Toshiro Mifune in skimpy clothing who is first seen lounging by the side of the road. Sometimes we wonder who the camera is meant to be voyeuristic towards, him or the wife.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Even though it has been somewhat Vindicated by History, it's still considered one of Kurosawa's weaker films in its native land. The funny thing is that the Japanese can't agree on why Westerners love it so much. Half think they're just impressed by its exoticism, while others claim the complete reverse, that it's too Americanized.
  • Narm: The medium and Tajomaru's laugh.
  • Values Dissonance: The dead man seems to forgive Tajomaru for raping his wife and interprets him with some moral virtue, and in the woodcutter's story he slut shames her instead of standing up for her. Even in the wife's story he looks at her with noticable scorn.