Rashomon is a skilfully-crafted Japanese film (1950) which astounded the world with its complexity and brilliant performances by Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo and Takashi Shimura. Rashomon begins with men discussing the rape of a woman and her husband's murder. Each of the four purported witnesses reports their version. The film is replete with symbolism, a trademark of Akira Kurosawa, the director. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film category.