Ran ★★★★★

I feel like I just witnessed color in film for the first time.
There is a lot to love about Ran. It's way of finding heart and beauty in a story fueled by hatred and tension is one of my favorite aspects, I suppose. But then there's the color. And the editing. And everything else.
I'm just really glad this wasn't my first Kurosawa and that I've unintentionally been building my way up to this. Because while it does stand alone as a fantastic piece of filmmaking, there's something really special when putting this in the context of his other work. Ran puts every skill Kurosawa has mastered throughout his career to the test. As a result you get what is easily his best work and an experience that is so good, to call it overwhelming would be an understatement.