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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.
Kurosawa took Shakespeare's play and mixed it wiuth the samurai genre to create a…
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…
The way Kurosawa directs hundreds of actors in a single frame so perfectly.
Ran is extremely well written, very engrossing, personal, giant in scope, and depressing.
The sheer scope of Ran makes up for my only problem with the film (the horrible overacting of the Jester).
By the end, every single character is in ruin.
Tatsuya Nakadai gives one of the best performances ever.
Seeing this in a 4K restoration was pretty phenomenal. It's a gorgeous, thought-provoking epic with many levels to it.
Masterpiece. Nothing less.
It's Kurosawa man. I know the direction will be flawless.
I know the performances will be too.
I know the action and choreography will be spot on.
I know how Kurosawa makes his films. They're all similar yet so different and that's fascinating.
I've only seen three Kurosawas, but they've all been spectacular.
This is without a doubt in the top 10 greatest films of all time.
Incredible scenery and story. I wasn't sure about the acting at certain points, but I do understand the cultural differences in real life as well as in the movies. Overall Ran was an epic war movie, though a few too many times I felt like I was watching the same man fall off the same horse in the same manner. Forgivable.
bleak masterpiece, saw this on the big screen at siskel, one of my best theater experiences ever. The war scenes are insane--"we truly are in hell!" Beautifully epic, complex characters, and once again so so bleak, Kurosawa's Nietzsche howl
I didn't like Ran when I first saw it. Now, older, I find comfort in having found myself having a revelatory experience with RAN.
Saw it in 4K at the Beijing Film Festival. If this is not considered to be EPIC, nothing will.
To be reviewed on Episode #15 of Let's Take Five...
This was in theaters with the new 4K restoration.
Watched as part of the July 2016 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
My list: letterboxd.com/jasonpettus/list/scavenger-hunt-16-travel-the-world-july-2016
Master list: letterboxd.com/be_lan/list/travel-the-world-scavenger-hunt-16-july-2016
#29: A movie directed by Akira Kurosawa
2016 movie viewings, #53. It was a busy and productive week for me this week, so I decided to reward myself on Saturday with a trip to my massage therapist, followed by an afternoon screening of a new 4K print of Akira Kurosawa's Ran down at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, the first time I've gone out to a theater to see a movie in something like a year now. Ran holds a special place in my memories, because it was one of the first times as a pre-internet teen that I became aware that other countries…
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Film I believe achieve "perfection" or as close to it as any ever will. Any changes to these films would…