Kim, ChulKwon, and Jinsoo Lim’s “Rashomon”-on the Truth of Desire” provides an insightful analysis into how Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic film Rashomon reflects the idea that truth is subjective. According to their article, they argue that this notion is demonstrated through the ways in which each character perceives their own desires as being more valid than those of others. The authors state: “The Rashomon characters are not unreliable narrators; rather, they are people with different perspectives on reality based on their own desire for power or love. Each individual sees themselves as the hero/heroine of his/her own story based on his/her desires, leading them to construct a world where ‘truth’ becomes distorted” (Kim et al., 2019). This highlights how our views can become distorted when we allow our personal wants and needs to take precedence over objective facts.
In conclusion , Kim et al.’s article serves as a useful source for understanding both films – Rashomon & Underground – due to its focus on how truth can become subjective depending upon one’s perspective . While these movies illustrate various forms of deception – from rape victims lying about their attackers’ identity out of shame in Rashmon to Marko assigning blame for war crimes out of revenge in Underground – they ultimately emphasize that personal experience plays a greater role in constructing ‘reality’ than objective fact . Therefore , while it important that we strive towards uncovering accurate information it is equally essential that we recognize each person has unique experiences which shape their interpretation ; thus making truth relative rather than absolute .