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The Greatest Shakespeare Film
A story of greed, a lust for power, and ultimate revenge when an elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. A profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.
With its powerful undercurrent of themes such as greed, power, religion, deception and revenge always at hand, breathtaking vistas captured which give the illusion of depth in the screen and the embodiment of a strange, barbaric beauty, Akira Kurosawa's Ran is a cinematic achievement unparalleled and incomparable. Ran is not a perfect film, but it is one that perfects particular components so powerfully and superlatively that all flaws are decimated, much like the measureless armies that Kurosawa presents and controls in his awesome battle sequences. With it's sweeping camera movements and sense of scope mastered, Ran is an experience that is provocative, haunting, educational and above all, enthralling.
As we enter an unfamiliar land but observe a familiar story unfold,…
Yet, there is hardly anything chaotic about Ran. A certain degree of harmony is always present, regardless of what is depicted on screen, be it war, manipulation, betrayal, or masssacre. A field trampled over by horses yet undisturbed, soldiers marched and chanted in an orderly fashion, a battlefield filmed in silence. Even the fire and smoke seemed geometrically symmetrical.
Everything just looks so... calculated. Organized. Every prop, down to each speck of dust, is exactly where Kurosawa wanted them to be. The position of the actors, where they'd look, where they'd put their hands, even the mountains at the background, the flowers, the clouds, are all adjusted to fit each frame perfectly. Kurosawa had full control over his film, like a painter would have over his painting.
Now, that is something.
I find it the hardest to rate the 5 star films, especially when they are epics.
It is much easier to rate films like Raging Bull simply because while there are a lot to praise, mostly the praise falls on the director, camera and acting.
In films like Once Upon a Time in America and now Ran, the film has so much, especially when they are 2 1/2 hours or longer.
Its a little funy that while so many of his films have been Americanized [(Maginifcent Seven (Seven Samurai), Star Wars (Hidden Fortress), Yojimbo (A Fistfull of Dollars)], Kurosawa went and adapted William Shakespeare's King Lear.
Kurosawa took Shakespeare's play and mixed it wiuth the samurai genre to create a…
A.V. Club review. Pretty sure this was the first foreign-language film I ever saw in a theater, during its original theatrical run. Quite the introduction. (Also, I've now been doing this job so long that I've professionally reviewed Ran for two separate re-releases, 16 years apart.)
The prevailing emotion in this film is anger. Rage, hatred, loathing. It is such a bitter, angry film that even the clouds in it seem to seethe with it. What we see is the tale of a proud, powerful man whose rule is so absolute he cannot fathom the fall he is about to experience, and what we see is the fall of a man whose past has done nothing but maim, murder, and malign those around him. He has forged his fate a thousand times over in warfare and conquest. When he demands his sons split evenly the kingdom he has created, he naively believes his authority will persist beyond his willingly ceding that authority.
This is not King…
In a mad world only the mad are sane.
King Lear in Feudal Japan by way of Akira Kurosawa. While some of Hollywood's biggest directors were looking at Kurosawa for inspiration he was looking at Shakespeare for his. (note: the story is also combined with a samurai legend).
Widely considered Kurosawa's last masterpiece, I can't argue, mainly because I haven't seen his last three films (yet) but I can't imagine them surpassing this one with all due respect to the master. How appropriate is it that his last great film is based on samurai legend with a character based on King Lear at this stage in his life?
Watching the film knowing it's background also gives it a special…
Yup, still perfect.
As technically and thematically ambitious as any film I've ever seen, Ran brings masterful storytelling and impeccable direction together to create one of the greatest epics in the history of film. A remarkable achievement in every sense of the word.
What? Another movie who's message I disagree with that I love?
I have just witnessed and experienced one of the greatest films ever made.
The imagery and visuals of this film was stunning, every frame was gorgeous with fantastic use of color to differentiate characters and convey many themes of the film. The dialogue was clever and profound, with Kyoami being the philosophical focal point. The battle scenes were epic and brutal, some of the best action scenes ever made. The characters were excellently written; all evil, full of hatred and greed, but all very believable and someone we can learn from. The film contains such rich and powerful themes of betrayel, war, greed, religion and the human nature. And finally, the direction was flawless.
“Ran”, my first Kurosawa film, is an unforgettable masterpiece instantly seared in my mind and instantly becoming one of my favourite films. A tragic, but beautiful epic.
Damn that was a lot of superlatives.
Stunning on a big screen, shocks of colours among swathes of greens and greys.
A mesmerizing epic on the dynamic of a family torn apart by power, deception, and revenge. Action is fully realized and brilliant, the coloring and framing of shots is beautiful and poignant, as well as being coherent in many different ways (armies being color-coded very well, etc).
Undoubtedly one of the best films out there.
Themes such as hatred, revenge, greed, and betrayal often govern the work of Shakespeare and Akira Kurosawa. And both proved that they could portray those themes in a way that brought wonder to the work in their respective medium. Ran is a wonderful, loose adaptation of King Lear and can rightfully claim the title of best adaptation of this literary work by Shakespeare. Kurosawa masterly crafted a movie about machination and humans’ undoing as a result of their tendency to derail from the reasonable course of action to commit heinous acts. It's a film imbued with Kurosawa’s artistic expertise. One of my favorite scenes is the attack of Taro and Jiro’s forces against their own father. Kurosawa’s decision to use…
5 directors, 5 unseen films challenge
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Challenge Count: #1 out of 25
Kurosawa Count: #1 out of 5
Ran is my new favorite Kurosawa film and it was a fantastic way to jump start this challenge. Hands down, the most visually satisfying film I've ever seen, the attack on the castle was one of the best scenes ever, a unique combination of beauty and horror. I could go on and on about Kurosawa's direction, the framing and balance of colors, the characters, the pace that allowed a near three hour movie to breeze by and the rich themes, but in all honesty, I'm lazy, and I'm a bit late to the party so I'm sure you all know how fantastic this film is.
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This movie is a masterpiece. It almost tops seven samurai. Almost.
Here is a guy who conquered land through violence and death who, now in his old age, wants to wallow in peace. But that is impossible. His sons were raised on war and blood and terror. The lords and lands around him don't know how to love any other way. He reaps what he's sown. He has no idea why it's all bloodshed and pain in his wake as he passes his kingdom onto his sons.
The first battle where his sons attack his castle is brilliant. The color, the blood, the fire. Seeing it on the big screen at BAM was amazing.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…