I've just seen this film and it one of the most awesome movies I've ever seen in my life!

Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece from 1984 is a Japanese interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear. Ran (which means 'Chaos') tells the story of a Warlord who decides to split his hard-won 'kingdom' between his sons and the tragedy that ensues. The two elder sons flatter the old man but the youngest tells the truth - that such a course of action will end in tears - and it all goes downhill from there.

The cinematography is breathtaking and the art direction stunning (take note of the kimono colours of the three sons in the opening scenes) there are a number of battle scenes in which the cast must have numbered thousands and a number of back-stories that keep bubbling away.

While the film is long (about 2 hours 40 minutes) Kurosawa's typically economic direction kept me enthralled for the entire time.

If you think that George Lucas or Steven Spielberg are masters odf the epic film, do yourself a favour and see one of the finest works by one of the real masters

>>By Sarcophilus   (Sunday, 23 Apr 2006 17:24)

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