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…
Like with Ikiru I feel like once I watch this again my rating will almost definitely go up. I enjoyed it and it's certifiably a work of genius but it didn't quite click with me the same way something like Seven Samurai or Throne of Blood did, and I suspect that's a lot to do with just how much there is going on because holy shit this is an epic in every sense of the word.
άψογη αναπαράσταση της εποχής...
Apresenta uma série de reflexões profundas e bem desenvolvidas (o conflito familiar, a mulher como elemento manipulador e decisivo, a estratégia de uma "guerra", a fé e a razão) porém defitiva e infelizmente não conseguiu segurar minha atenção.
Sinto-me frustrado por ter ficado com a sensação de um filme mais arrastado do que deveria e, que não deixou saudade.
*deve ser essa a sensação que amigos e conhecidos familiarizados apenas com o "cinema-pipoca" sentem quando aceitam minha sugestão de assistir a um filme do Kubrick, Ford, Bergman ou PTA.
Η απόλαυση αυτού του αριστουργήματος στην μεγάλη οθόνη είναι ΕΜΠΕΙΡΙΑ, παρά την ταλαιπωρημένη κόπια που είναι λογικό να προκαλεί δυσφορία στη γενιά του hd :)
A beautifully realized take on Shakespeare's King Lear. You can tell that Kurosawa storyboarded this film with oil paintings prior to shooting. I haven't seen all his films yet, but have seen quite a few, and this ranks in the upper echelon.
Who'd have thought that three of the best Shakespeare adaptations would be made in Japan? And all by Akira Kurosawa. First there was Throne Of Blood (Macbeth), then The Bad Sleep Well (Hamlet), and finally Ran (King Lear) - not only the greatest of the lot, but one of the greatest films ever made.
It was my introduction to Kurosawa actually. At fifteen, I watched it on a small portable DVD player, something which didn't at all take away from the film's impact. It felt like I was watching a true piece of art. Beautiful and harrowing all at once. There was nothing to suggest this would end well, and it has to be said, Ran ends on a devastating…
Una más de mi reto #1985.
Hay películas que parecen más grandes que la vida misma. Ran es una de ellas.
Aproximadamente una hora y cachito en la película, hay una larga escena de al menos quince minutos, una batalla sangrientísima, sin ningún rastro de sonido directo. Todo bellamente musicalizado. Esta contraposición de la belleza y la violencia podría hablar por toda la película.
En serio, una reverenda mamada. Las casi-tres-horas mejor gastadas de mi semana.
In the theater. 20th wedding anniversary (nice, huh?).
Wish it was more readily available on DVD. I consider it his indisputable masterpiece.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!