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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,…
While not quite the masterpiece that I found Seven Samurai to be...Ran is undoubtedly an expertly crafted epic that shows the breakdown of a family amidst the pointlessness of war.
I think the father's descent into madness throughout this film will haunt my dreams forever. It's the one aspect of this film that kept me glued to the screen. In all honestly, the actual war scenes at times were a bit confusing and hard to follow, sometimes featuring people or clans whose identities and motivations were unclear to me. Not saying it all doesn't make sense...but as a first time watch there were times in which I struggled to piece together who was fighting who and for what reason. For…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Kurosawa's adaptation of King Lear is undoubtedly one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare's works I've seen on the screen. In a way, the film expands on Shakespeare's work and manages to improve on it in some respects - giving the Fool an even larger role in the film, for example.
The film also manages to put the lie to François Truffaut's quote about the inability of making war films, because war films inherently make war exciting and glamorous. The storming of the Third Fortress is absolutely horrific. Much of the attack is shown in silence, with the score somberly playing over the brutal deaths of the retainers of Lord Hidetora (the Lear analogue). This is an horrific act, and…
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While this wasn't initially part of my list, although I did want to take the opportunity of this challenge for a second chance with Kurosawa. So when this popped up on Mubi, it felt like destiny, after all it is one of his most popular.
About ten minutes in, I remembered that I don't really like King Lear, it's not that there's anything really wrong with it, but it tends to go on and on, and the myriad little sub-plots while I'm sure all adding to something grand usually only make me wish I was somewhere else and I end up not paying that much attention. The upside is that even though I saw…
This was the movie that made me seriously consider writing professionally about film.
Today, I saw RAN in a cinema.
I don't think I will ever not be dizzy after this.
In a time when the language of movie storytelling was in the midst of a transformation, it's incredible to see how Akira Kurosawa's blood-soaked epic manages to remain a 'classic'-looking movie without sacrificing too much to achieve it. The enormity of the film is staggering and amazing to behold and the story it tells absolutely needs to be as long as it is to get everything right. I loved this film and was so very fortunate that my first time viewing it was at Melbourne's spectacular Astor Theatre.
An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.
Ingenious and elaborate adaptation of William Shakespeare's King Lear to a historical Japanese setting by one of the great masters of cinema.
Akira Kurosawa's Ran (which doesn't translate particularly well, but more or less means Chaos or Uprising) would prove to be his last historical/ samurai film and is something of a late masterpiece in his career, a loose reworking of King Lear transposed to feudal Japan the film is a riot of colour, epic vistas and sibling infighting, who would have dreamt piles of blood drenched corpses could be so beautiful? The film is a fairly long one, two hours forty five minutes, it doesn't drag, but especially in the dialogue scenes, takes it's time. Tatsuya Nakadai as Lord Hidetora (the King Lear part) is distinctly over the top and can get a bit wearying, especially after he descends totally into…
"Man is born crying. When he has cried enough, he dies."
I've never quite seen the point of King Lear, so perhaps I was doomed from the start on this one. It's just about everything I feared from the Kurosawa samurai movies with the added touch that the colour palette is as loud as the shouting and screeching, rendering the staid earnestness and macho posturing all the more unintentionally amusing. Good things threaten to happen on the rare occasion the music kicks in, but after starting with the surprisingly touching Ikiru, it was disappointing to find this so completely devoid of heart - only one tragic moment at the very end is shot with anything like as much humanity. I hope this, not Ikiru, turns out to be the exception as I watch my way through Kurosawa. I just found it exhausting and not in a good way, like I was back in my A-level film class again.
In a mad world only the mad are sane.
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