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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.
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…
The colours and costumes are awesome! Characters are well developed. The court jester did get on my nerve at the beginning, but he grew on me towards the end of the film
Film fourteen in The Kurosawa Spree!
Let me start by pointing out the two standout scenes, from my point of view, in Ran. The first is something silly. When Kurogane presents the head of a fox statue in place of Sué's head to Jiro. Why? A great comedic moment in an otherwise extremely serious film. Sarcasm suits itself perfectly to my tastes.
The second scene that stood out in Ran was the invasion of the third castle. Why? Colored flags dance across a grey backdrop. Arrows fly across the screen, while fire tears apart the buildings. Dramatic music serves as a score, which only intensifies the scene. An old man loses his mind in a tower while men die around…
I'm finding it hard to feel anything really about this film. It looks very good and all, but it's incredibly overplayed and becomes a little silly. The character of the fool was extremely annoying and I see no reason whatsoever for his inclusion. Everything he said was stupid and like a slap to the head. Just not on board with this, what can I say.
A late masterpiece by the great Kurosawa - although it is an adaptation of King Lear, it goes beyond that in the amount of tragedy. The ruler has decided to give his conquered land to his eldest son and the second and third castles to his other two children. When his youngest protests and calls him insane, the ruler banishes his son.
A magnificent film in all respects - it's imagery is so well done. Highly recommended but be warned the pace is slow.
Sweeping, consuming, visually overwhelming. Some of the greatest landscape photography in all of cinema. Many moments look like paintings come to live. The carefully choreographed shots that include characters in the foreground and armies on mountaintops in the distant background are grand.
Story wise, watching RAN feels like reading a massive novel in a single sitting. Extremely satisfying.
And C'mon guys. Don't pick a fight with Pops.
Had a lot on my mind when I watched this, not the least of which "Take a Walk" by Passion Pit, which I'd heard on the radio a few minutes before and which simply would not stop running through my head for the movie's entire running time. So I was a little bit distracted, and thus in a particularly good position to notice the outstanding clarity in Kurosawa's narrative sense here, bold primary colors and intense, sharply realized archetypes mean you could probably follow the plot even without subtitles. That's before the imagery really jumps into gear, which usually seems to coincide with a much higher concentration of a specific primary color: Red. I wonder why that could be.
As much a death bed lamentation on regret as it is Kurosawa's take on KING LEAR. Bold, beautiful, bloody, bombastic -- no one used the medium shot quite like he did. [35mm]
That fucking Jester ruined everything, but apart from that its an amazing movie.
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