Not Kurosawa's absolute magnum opus, but in his top 5, a stunning achievement. Nakadai gives one of the best japanese performances of all time.
Absolutely successful in terms of squeezing every inch of drama from every corner and every opportunity in the story. From every angle, this was the best way to tell this story.
kurosawa sensei at his best !
Kurosawa’s Lear transfigures the play into an epic jidaigeki, echoing his enterprise with Macbeth in Throne of Blood. A splendid, distinguished adaptation, and an accomplished piece of filmmaking, period; the mise en scene having an air of such splendour, grace and tragedy. Nakadai lends an imperial presence in front of the camera, while Kurosawa does so behind it, with large-scale set pieces alongside scenes adept in intimating central themes, nuances (‘war begets war’). Well-rounded, fleshed out - truly an inspired translation.
This movie is more or less human history in a nutshell.
Together we stand, divided we fall.
I found this movie 50% "pretty entertaining", 25% amazing to watch, and 25% a slog to sit through.
Kurosawa in colours is a completely different experience, It was to be wonderful if all his previous samurai movies were coloured, That was to be magnificent!.
"Such is the way of the world. Men live not for joy but for sorrow, not for peace but for suffering"
King Lear never looked so good.
on the trailer, the confrontation between lady kaede and kurogane is from a different camera than in the film. interesting.
Absolutely epic, on a scale few would attempt and even less would achieve.
Even better--more beautiful, sadder, deeper--than I remembered.
The old man had brutally pale, sexy legs.
Lady Kaede is one of the best characters in Japanese cinema.
Impresionante el trabajo de Kurosawa, que lejos quedo aquella época donde las súper producciones iban acompañadas de cine de buena calidad.
Ran is probably cinema's greatest rendition of a Shakespearean Epic. Adapted by Akira Kurosawa from Shakespeare's King Lear, Ran undoubtedly features amongst the best works of the master auteur and completes his apotheosis. Ran is a testament to the true spirit of cinema.
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Great film, yet whenever it approaches a sense of something cosmic it retreats. It's also important to not consider this an adaptation of King Lear, but rather a great film with allusions to King Lear.
The only film of Kurosawa's from "Red Beard" onwards that to me remotely holds up against the pre-1965 classics.
"Hidetora: I am lost...
Kyoami: Such is the human condition."
Almost flawless. Epic without being devoid of emotion.
First Kurosawa movie I saw in a cinema, I remeber being totally flabbergasted with the color, the acting, everything... The armies coming down the hills are absolutely wonderful.
Qué monstruo de película. Kurosawa nació para adaptar a Shakespeare.
What can be said that has already been said? At end of the film, all one can say is nothing; words are not enough.
All I can say is I hope I never meet someone like Lady Kaede.
Lady Kaede. Her eyebrows are the highest in history yet she's the one who surprises them all.