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Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1985

ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Ran

A film divided in 2 halves, heaven and hell, each ending with some of the most hellish moments captured by film. If the waterfall scene in Seven Samurai was dreamlike, then the siege sequence in Ran is a nightmare given flesh. The shift that Hidetora goes through is the very same that Kurosawa seems to have gone through as the humanism of the 50s has morphed into this film's nihilism.