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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.
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…
Kurosawa's 1957 adaptation of Macbeth entitled "Throne of Blood" was his first attempt at adapting Shakespeare. "Throne of Blood" was an immense success, and one of my personal favourite Kurosawa efforts so far, so when I discovered "Ran" was Kurosawa returning to the Shakespeare well I was excited to watch it. I'm pleased to say that "Ran" delivers on almost everything that could be expected from a loose Kurosawa adaptation of King Lear. "Ran" is also one of the most thoughtful and breathtaking films I've ever seen. With "Ran", Kurosawa engaged in the extremely ambitious task of creating a story inspired by Shakespeares "King Lear". 1985s "Ran" was also one of Kurosawa's final films, and his entire filmmaking prowess is…
Finally, I caught the 4K restoration on the big screen and it was incredible. The colors were so exquisite!
Rialto's 4K restoration of this is beautiful. If you're in one of the handful of cities to get this after this review, you should go see it on the big screen. Kurosawa's use of color and movement really pops in a theatre.
Lady Kaede is one of the great villainesses of all time.
It's interesting that Kurosawa made his version of King Lear when he himself was quite old.
The battle at the third castle is a fantastic sequence. It does a great job of using a long silent segment and then dramatically breaking the silence. The same technique was used in M.
In a mad world...only the mad are sane.
Que gran película, pinche vieja loca.
This film was fantastic. Michael Bay should watch this and take some notes on how to make an action film.
I watched this movie at the NFT1
Ran means “chaos”
Visually breathtaking Japanese epic by Akira Kurosawa based on King Lear.
The complete mastery of huge armies in vast landscapes with the technical infrastructure of 30 years ago, is undoubtedly the work of genius.
We witnessed huge armies in vast landscapes, scheming duplicitous princes and free-flowing blood that made this Shakespeare adaptation totally enthralling. I found some scenes, like the castle siege, extremely poetic particularly with the exclusive use of orchestral soundtrack.
For me the central themes were: arrogance directly followed by mortality. The final scene of the blind man standing alone at the edge of a precipice, says it all!
But was I the only gay marvelling at the…
This will not be my full and proper review of Ran; I will do that when I reach the appropriate point in my Kurosawa retrospective...but I couldn't pass up seeing this in theaters at Alamo.
This might be the most visually striking film I've ever seen.
Akira Kurosawa's epic war film is spectacular on the grandest scale possible. Ran (translated to chaos in Japanese) is a spin on the King Lear Shakespearean tragedy. Every scene, every costume is a complete masterful piece of art.
And, Kaede, is one of cinema's greatest villains.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…