From 1950, Akira Kurosawa's ritualistic, exotic, philosophical action flick effectively invented Japanese cinema for non-Japanese filmgoers, despite the movie's global village synthesis. A samurai crime story with an investigative Citizen Kane flashback structure, Rashomon is a mesmerizing play on the mechanisms of fiction which not only contributed a concept to courtroom journalism but counts among its descendents movies as varied as JFK and The Usual Suspects. (NR) J. HOBERMAN

Dec. 4-10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 5, 6 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 6, 6 p.m., 2009

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