The writing of Akutagawa, which led to the film by Kurosawa, explored by novelists David Peace and Natasha Pulley and film experts Jasper Sharp and Yuna Tasaka. Rana Mitter chairs.
David Peace, Natasha Pulley, Yuna Tasaka and Jasper Sharp join Rana Mitter.
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's short story 'In a Grove', published in 1922, became the basis for the 1950 film from Akira Kurosawa 'Rashōmon', one of the first Japanese films to gain worldwide critical acclaim. 'The Rashōmon Effect' has become a byword for the literary technique where the same event is presented via the different and incompatible testimonies from the characters involved. David Peace's new book 'Patient X' is a novelised response to Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's last years and his death by suicide at the age of 35. Natasha Pulley is a novelist and Japanophile with a particular interest in Japanese literature of the 1920s, and in the unreliable narrator implied by use of the Rashōmon Effect. And Jasper Sharp is a writer and curator, author of the Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema.
Producer: Luke Mulhall.