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The Greatest Shakespeare Film
Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him...
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.
Kurosawa took Shakespeare's play and mixed it wiuth the samurai genre to create a…
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…
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.)
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 new 4K transfer looks and sounds sublime. Pure cinema.
With our attention more divided than ever by ubiquitous media, it’s easy to understand why some film critics feel the need to hyperbolize their positive, but by no means ecstatic, reactions so as to convince readers that the arduous journey to the theater might actually be worth it. However, Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, screening twice this week at the Cornell Cinema, requires no embellishment; while other Kurosawa films such Seven Samurai and Rashomon occupy a higher perch on the Sight & Sound rankings, make no mistake, Ran is still among the greatest films ever made. Charged with the virtuosic kineticism evident throughout the Japanese director’s oeuvre, Ran, an appropriation of King Lear, skillfully combines the pathetic nihilism of its Shakespearean source with…
Brutal Honesty>>Honest Brutality
Some fires are never extinguished until the tinder which bore them has been consumed entirely. Let us pray that the beautiful green fields will return once their hunger has been sated, and that none of the names of our loved ones have been writ on the list of the damned.
I was going to jokingly give this half a star, but it quickly dawned on me that Letterboxd will probably automatically delete my account if I did that.
This might sound dumb but this would probably be a 5-star review if I wasn't so tired. I wasn't able to focus and I think I have to rewatch it.
That aside, this is one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. I'm so glad I saw it for the first time on the big screen. It's going to appear in my dreams.
Say no to Hikimayu.
Kurosawa håller en extremt hög nivå. Vissa delar av filmen känns oerhört moderna. Massakerscenerna får Spielberg att skämmas. Introt är bland det mest episka jag sett. Men det är inte bara kameraarbetet eller scenografin som imponerar. Dramat är starkt, skådespeleriet ibland oerhört over-the-top men så övertygande att man känner med en gubbe i nattskjorta och lösskägg som blir galen.
An artful, violent, and tragic epic showcasing an aging rulers tragic descent into despair. Under the masterfully direction of Akira Kurosawa, the film is filled with impressive scenes throughout The vast battle which sees the besieged king sitting silent as his kingdom burns around him is especially stunning.
Tatsuya Nakadai is superb as Lord Hidetora, the aging ruler who’s pride and confidence gives way to heartbreak, regret, and madness. The standout performance though is Mieko Harada, as the cunning Lady Kaede, who slyly plays the patriarchy in her favor.
The pacing is measured and the movie is in no rush. Scenes are left to unfold and breath, it doesn’t drag but can feel a bit slow at times. There is no denying the film’s lasting power though, long after it ends, scenes are still burned in your mind.
Yet another masterpiece for Kurosawa.
It usually takes me an hour or two to really get into Shakespeare adaptations, but this had me from the first frame. The 4k restoration was just mindblowingly gorgeous. Everything looks both extremely deliberate and organic with all those colors, textures, deep layers, and natural effects. How does a director control the wind and fire so beautifully?
It's spectacular how Kurosawa applies Shakespeare as easily as westerns to feudal Japan. It's almost difficult to imagine that the story wasn't originally about these samurai warlords, as the particular honor system is a natural part of this version. And the dialogue really comes across when barked in Japanese.
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