Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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,…
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.
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…
After watching this film I have concluded that Akira Kurosawa is a genius. I mean, I already did after watching the masterpiece that was Seven Samurai, but this sprawling epic somehow manages to become superior to something that has no inferior, a masterpiece outdone by an another.
Ran is an incredibly powerful film, unmatched in it's ability to move the audience. We sympathise with a character we know we shouldn't and begin to learn from him. Forgiveness over battle and urge. If we swallowed our pride and just let our instincts go, there will be peace. These people were too proud, did not trust their fellow man. Thus it created war. Trust bought about the potential of a greater peace,…
There is only one word to describe this movie and that is Masterpiece
Akira Kurosawa is a great story teller and legendary director. After watching his Rashoman and Seven Samurai, which are my personal favorites it took me a while to get to Ran.
Ran is a story of greed, lust, betrayal and the egotistic human nature.
As we move forward in the story it gets dark, darker and finally darkest.
Kurosawa showed that sometimes the people who kiss your ass are the people first to stab in you in the back. And also he showed us that telling truth to people is often ignored and trashed.
One thing I observed on this masterpiece is that Kurosawa has centered his…
One of the greatest films ever made.. the visuals, the score and the directing just blew me away. An actual Epic masterpiece, which I usually find hard to come by.
Epic battle scenes.
Brutal, relentless, and unforgiving, Kurosawa's ambitious period epic Ran effectively portrays the cyclical and evil nature of war and the subsequent madness of a world-weary ruler whose foolishness and ineptitude is entertainingly pointed out by an eccentric jester.
the last epic tale in the director’s filmography and the last film by the director seen in this movie marathon after numerous attempts to locate subtitled copies of three other films.
i am ashamed [but also weirdly proud] to find out after watching these five films that i’m too immature, too naive and too young to even begin to attempt to understand the works of this so-called master.
KUROSAWA, i think, was a master of EPIC EPICNESS, and i don’t mean that in a social network kind of way, i mean it more in the way he handled multiple elements in both substance and style.
KUROSAWA, i think, achieve his grade of master in those epic battles were ambient sound…
Yup guns are still better than horses and swords. Contains one of the best blood spray moments.
Unlike some other films I've seen recently, Ran was very straightforward in its story. Although I've never read Shakespeare's King Lear, I found many elements that screamed Shakespeare. A reunion that's tragically cut short, a wise fool, treachery and backstabbing- these are just a few Shakespearean elements that I noticed looking back. What's fascinating is how well this story works within feudal Japan-perhaps even better than King Lear.
Say what you want about how amazing Kurosawa is and how amazing Ran--a Shakespeare adaptation--ends up. As much as I love (most) of what I've seen from Kurosawa, Ran doesn't do it for it. This is a film that could have easily been edited down to 2 hours without losing anything. Perhaps even less. The characters are ok, but feel too much like puppets on a stage. The only genuine character was Saburo and the other person banished with him. Lord Hidetora was obnoxious in his initial stupidity and eventual insanity. The other two brothers were simply tools. At least Lady Kaede was very entertaining.
Ukratko, budobar da ne bi bio modar. Ako si stoka čitav život, vratiće ti se. Sa kamatom.
Sva djeca su nelojalna i raspikuće. Rođena djeca. Doduše, bio je onaj jedan pošten al' ga ubiše dušmani.
Žene su pametnije od muškaraca. Dobro, možda nisu pametnije, ali su svakako perfidnije.
Vaginalna manipulacija beats any other manipulacija.
Film je pomalo kitnjast, ali baš mi se sviđa kako se završio.
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