Overall, this epic trilogy is quite a powerful experience. Some parts are too melodramatic and heavy-handed for me, but I think it's a worthy investment for cinephiles (or for anyone who appreciates seeing the futility of war and other human endeavors portrayed with bleak and bracing honesty).
Maybe the most important (longest for sure) film on humanism along the lines of the dialectical program of humanist Marxism. Stunningly photographed, this marathon of a man's moral disillusionment and near descent into brutality makes for a great frescoe of humanity's historical struggle in conquering human dignity. Nakadai is superb and there are plenty of remarkable set-pieces. Essential and compelling cinema!
A grand scaled epic which shows the vicious and destructive nature of war and the institutions that feed into and profit from it. It's at times difficult to watch because of just how raw everything is, but ultimately it is a rewarding experience that demands attention!
This is the kind of overwrought melodrama that makes critics fall prostrate to the ground in obeisance. These movies show up at Oscar time, because we can say, "Well, I would never do that!" and feel good about ourselves. It's filled with cartoon villains. What is the version of reality that we want to tell ourselves? Sometimes we can't afford the luxury of morality. Especially when the deck is stacked ...
A truly amazing epic film. A masterwork. The shots, "le cadrage", the frame composition, the movements inside the frame, the editing are so cool, so clasic, and so modern at once. One of the things that stroke me the most is the strength of the interior locations thanks to the composition and the lighting. Sometimes it feels like a japanese Bergman, others like a japanese Tarkovski. A very powerfull wonderful film.