Ran roughly translates to “confusion” or “chaos” — the chaos, critics have long understood, of the film’s erratic, turbulent war. But it isn’t difficult to imagine the production itself overwhelmed by disorder and turmoil. Thousands of costumed extras, hundreds of trained horses, a small army of technicians and assistants on call: A more ambitious film had never been made in Japan, and as a logistical feat alone it staggers. You can hardly mount a project like this without havoc.
February 16, 2016