I don't think the last 30 minutes of the film are on the same level as the rest, but that means basically nothing - this is a sublime work throughout. The best war scenes ever committed to the screen; a profound reimagining of Shakespeare's text; an unrivaled sense of pacing and mise-en-scene by a master in complete control of his powers.
Excellent epic war movie inspired by one of the literal greats - King Lear by Shakespeare and directed by one cinema legend, Akira Kurosawa. This film has one of the evilest female foxes portrayed on film that just spits venom and is death in presence. Excellent production values with fantastic costume design, sets and an actual castle being built and burnt down is some of the many memorable images in the film.
An iconic narrative re-structured like a piece of music, -- an edifice engaged in a relationship with the images in which each of these dimensions perfectly supports, justifies, and "earns" the particular, precise, exquisite movements and contours of the other.
Kinship counts for nothing when you want to achieve power, and evil deeds will always be revenged. With much blood. That’s the essence of Shakespeare, and Kurosawa knows how to bring it on film. The perfect marriage of a strong story and visionary cinematography.
I'm surprised the old man made it so long. Throughout most of the the nearly three hour runtime, the one time ruler of large and expansive land in feudal Japan looks on the verge of death. He doesn't die of old age, or in battle, or of illness, unless a broken spirit can be called such a malady. But the breaking of a man's spirit, usually, has nothing to do with sickness, but is an act of violence.
Una película que combina lo íntimo y lo épico revelando los aspectos menos amables de la humanidad: traición, codicia, ambición, violencia y muerte. La primera batalla en el tercer castillo constituye una de las secuencias más espectaculares y sobrecogedoras que he visto en mi vida. Igualmente la secuencia final que finaliza con Tsurumaru al borde del precipicio es devastadora. Un film pesimista y desolador.