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. Although the scenes are repeated in flashback, subtle differences are reflected in the actors' amazing display of shades of emotion. The film is replete with symbolism, a trademark of Akira Kurosawa, the director. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film category.