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Akira Kurosawa’s final masterpiece, Ran is a reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set in feudal Japan.
Ran tells the story of Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an aging warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his Kingdom amoungst his three sons Taro (Akira Terao - Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu - Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe).
When Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and when his servant Tango comes to Saburo's defense, he banishes both of them. This allows Taro and Jiro to take the reigns of power unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle for the absolute power of the warlord.
Majestic in scope, Ran is 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.
I saw this when it first came out and have never forgotten the beauty of many of the scenes, from the opening credits of mounted hunters on green mountainsides to the dashings back... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben Griam
A mite confusing at first with all the names etc, but that is par for the course in Japanese films of the Samurai category. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Inquisio
Brilliant use of colour
So is a samurai take on Shakespeare's King Lear
sometimes feels like a comedy
I've always liked kurosawa's movies since i saw seven samurai on tv many years ago,there is a lot of swordplay in some of his movies but you dont see any blood most of the violence... Read morePublished 9 months ago by charleshauxwell
As with all Kurosawa film's he delves deep into the history and codes of the samurai and it has been loosely baised on Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Black Bear
Don't get me wrong its a good film but I found it slightly lacking. I read reviews online of the film that said the battle scenes where excellent. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hannah Nichols
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