All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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.
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…
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,…
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…
Still the least of Kurosawa's films I've seen, which is surprising since it’s an adaptation of King Lear with Japanese warlords and that makes it sound like a lot of fun. It certainly skirts with fun; Mieko Harada is devilish as evil Lady Kaede, who pours mischief into her part (at one point, she stabs someone in the neck and then licks the blood off the wound seductively). But no one told any of the other actors that they could enjoy themselves, so this turns out to be an almost intolerably staid and serious enterprise, with the performances overbaked to an almost vaudeville-like extent. For this reason, Kurosawa’s undeniable visual flourishes go largely unnoticed and even become somewhat irrelevant against…
Akira Kurosawa. It is a name I have heard praised repeatedly since I first started seriously exploring film. 'Ran' is my first Kurosawa film, so now I am finally able to add my own words to that sea of praise.
*Minor spoiler ahead*
I hate using the word 'awesome' to describe things, because its meaning has become diminished over time. But when you see a thousand soldiers waging battle in front of a burning grand palace - real actors and a real building - the first word which springs to mind is 'awesome', with its true meaning intact: this film is undoubtedly awe-inspiring.
I'm very glad that this film still holds up on a second viewing. Although not Kurosawa's longest film and not on the same level as some of his other masterpieces, this is still an amazing amazing film. It's certainly a grand epic in every way: a dense complex story, huge settings and set pieces, beautiful colors and camera work, and hundreds of costumes and actors with emotionally gripping performances across the board. I still stand by that this is one of the nicest looking movies I've ever seen. The shots in this movie are just especially eye catching and the use of color in this movie seems right out of an early early technicolor movie. Since this is a Kurosawa adaptation of Shakespeare, there's also a heavier weight to the tragedy already apparent in the story. This is definitely a movie that you need to be in the right mindset for, but it'll be very rewarding once seen.
Saw this on the big screen for my birthday, this film is pretty much perfect. I'm not sure if I'm giving it a perfect score because of the awe of seeing it in the theatre but either way: watch it. Kurosawa is a master of cinema and he never fails to amaze me.
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Kurosawa brings order to the Chaos (Ran) of war, family and mortality.
Utterly blown away by this film. The battle sequence at the Third Castle may be the best battle scene I've ever seen, and Tatsuya Nakadai absolutely dominates the screen with his amazingly expressive face. Probably the best thing I can say about it is that RAN is the type of movie that feels so rich and textured that I just want to sit down and watch it a dozen more times to suss out all its brilliant details.
Not a genre I expect to enjoy, but the Shakespearean influence really helped me invest in it. I wish I had seen this before visiting Japan in 2006. Recognized Himeji castle. I think knowing this film would have made the visit to the castle that much more magical.