This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
The Greatest Shakespeare Film
Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him...
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…
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…
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Coming off the heels of his ambitious Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa continues his impressive late form turn with Ran, a personal adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear in that Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai) hands over the reigns of his empire onto his three sons, led by his eldest son in commanding the first castle and each successive son placed in command of each successive castle. However, in this decision, a bubbling tension and growing seed of ambition begins to rise between one another, including the father whose position as the Great Lord remains in title but is not handed with respect from his sons, aside from his youngest, who earlier on becomes banished for his…
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.)
King Lear is dope, Samurai are dope, Akira Kurosawa is dope, this film looks dope, therefore I rate this film dope/dope would dope again.
"In a mad world, only the mad are sane."
Might be my favorite Kurosawa film I've seen thus far.
Amazing and interesting movie by akira
Filmed really beautifully and I loved the lessons and themes the film taught, but it really didn't capture my attention much. There were certain parts I really was intrigued by but not something that really held me. That's all to taste though, because I saw how it could be quite a beautiful story but it just wasn't for me.
I watched this on Region B Blu-Ray.
A atmospheric, wonderfully constructed and acted epic of a reimagined King Lear. Kurosawa paints one hell of beautiful picture that's undeniably gorgeous to watch. However Ran feels much like a shy epic, it failed to just liven up, to make you squirm and to make you awe in anticipation of what was to come. It has everything one could want but just doesn't capitalise on all the ingredients thrown into the pot. The performances are fantastic, Nakadai should've won an Oscar for his role. It's layered with great emotion and creates such a sad yet intriguing look at the madness he's plagued with. The scale is undeniably huge and it looks marvellous yet it's Editing in the battle scenes just do not do justice to such events they're trying to show in its final third. If anything they fail to highlight the gross realisation of war and its consequences.
Not only Kurosawa's best, but also the best film adaptation of Shakespeare (albeit a loose one).
Kurosawa's Ran in the new 4K restoration was absolutely stunning! The use of color is a sight to behold from a director who worked primarily in black and white.
Set in the 16th century, Akira Kurosawa's epic spectacle, a variation on the theme of King Lear, is static, but it deepens, and it has its own ornery splendor. It's a totally conceptualized work--perhaps the biggest piece of conceptual art ever made. For the first 40 minutes or so, the picture is all preparation, and it seems dead, but then the preparation begins to pay off, and by the end the fastidiousness and the monumental scale of what Kurosawa has undertaken can flood you with admiration. With Mieko Harada as Lady Kaede, the vengeful demon who brings down the House of Ichimonji; Tatsuya Nakadai as the warlord head of the clan; the Japanese transvestite pop star known as Peter as the Fool; and Hisashi Ikawa as Kurogane, who defies Lady Kaede. The fine, harsh, percussive score is by Toru Takemitsu. (2 hours and 41 minutes.) In Japanese. A French-Japanese co-production, released in the U.S. by Orion.
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