Ran ★★★★★

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Probably the greatest Shakespeare film adaptation of all time. Everything about it is masterful.

When ultimate power exists, there are no winners. All parties are destroyed in time, through corruption, hubris, and competition. Hidetora is in denial of his destruction, and goes insane once he opens his eyes, Taro is manipulated by his wife, Jiro is paranoid and foolish, Saburo is the only one who saw the throne for what it truly was, and for that he was banished. Everyone dies and that’s it. The ending represents humanity: blind, absent from gods or guardians, on the edge of a cliff, ready to fall.

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