Rashomon was Kurosawa's "master-piece" in the sense that it took him to the next level and set him off on a simply dazzling decade and a half of excellence. Looking at the movie by itself, I wonder if (not unlike Memento?) it diminishes once you get over the structural conceit. I do think the forest location is beautifully photographed, the three main performances (Bandit, Samurai, and Woman) are all very good, and (barring the tacked on happy ending) the film is very clear-eyed about human weakness and vanity. Having said all that, I don't actually *enjoy* Rashomon that much, and it's far from the first Kurosawa flick I'd choose to watch on a rainy afternoon.