Ran

Ran ★★★★★

The fact that one of the greatest Shakespeare film adaptations was made in Japan, is another testimony to the greatness of director Akira Kurosawa. Ran, inspired by 'King Lear', is a visual masterpiece.

Nonetheless, I don't love it as much as Kurosawa's earlier movies such as Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). Primarily due to the fact that in Ran the visuals seems to take precedence over storytelling, something in which Kurosawa excelled at with the movies he made during the 1950s and 1960s. Therefore, I felt less involved with the characters in the movie than I maybe should have been. This is however, compensated by the major setpieces, especially the siege and massacre of the castle supported by the ominous score of Tôru Takemitsu, that make this movie feel very intimidating and almost like a force of nature.

Finally, the movie is a reminder that it's still possible to produce these majestic epics withouth CGI many years after this genre died in the Hollywood of the 1960s.

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