Directed by Alex Cox, Tombstone Rashomon retells the story of the 1881 O.K. Corral Gunfight. Through time we have seen this recreation in several tv shows and films. As a way to differentiate from his peers, the director has taken a different route and took inspiration from 1950’s famous Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. He used the movie’s innovative narrative structure to tell the story from six different points of view.
On the other hand, the movie has a hint of SyFy. How? well the plot itself is structured as a time-traveling film crew that went back in time to the day after the shootout. afterward, is a series of interviews and reenactments of the events that the characters were narrating.
If you didn’t know, Alex Cox is mostly known for 1984 Science Fiction/Comedy Repo Man (Available on the Criterion Collection). Making his comeback, with once again a Western; after his 2010 film, Straight to Hell Returns. The director has opted for independent films. As a key factor in the development of Tombstone Rashomon, they used crowdfunding via Indiegogo to finance this project. Making it a low-budget film. However, it doesn’t stop them in any way.
The movie focuses on bringing the audience into the western days. Channeling their work on building this universe with great production design and set decoration. One of the things that I like to highlight from this film is the costume design. Giving us a pretty solid and visual statement for the worldbuilding with the prairie dresses and dark / tone down color on men’s clothes.
Tombstone Rashomon feels like a passion project. From the way, the actors immerse themselves onto their character to the director making everything possible to have this movie made. Tombstone Rashomon is available on DVD in-store, online (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, DVD Planet, and more) and VOD platforms.