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April 08, 2008

Kurosawa's Ran

Since Kurosawa and I are getting along better, I decided to watch another of his films, this one from 1985 and his last "epic," Ran. He directed it when he was 75 years old. Just a second to point out that Rashomon was made in 1950 and this film was made in 1985. That's incredible longevity.

Ran is truly epic and important and beautiful on a grand scale. As much as I didn't like Seven Samarai, I loved Ran. The story is taken from Shakespeare's King Lear, where an aging Lord trusts his sons with his Empire, and tragedy ensues. The battle scenes in this film alone are worth the price of admission... I think Braveheart and Lord of the Rings took some inspiration from them.

4 out of 4 - You should love this film.

Posted by jason on April 8, 2008 11:25 AM


This would be the Kurosawa who is referenced in the BNL song? How many more movies do you have to watch on your list of all time greats?

Posted by: Chris on April 9, 2008 06:59 AM

Yes, one in the same... so I knew I had to like him! 91 movies left...

Posted by: jason on April 9, 2008 11:15 AM

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