Mike N’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is my first time watching Kurosawa in colour and my goodness is it glorious. No doubt this is one of the finest looking films I've ever seen with the standouts being the battles; my eyes truly got a treat.
I had heard of Shakespear's King Lear but I had never really delved into what it was about so this whole story arc was quite new to me. Needless to say I loved it, the sibling rivalry was brutal and fascinating and Hidetora's descent into insanity was just tragic. The harshness of war and this time period is on full display here and it certainly isn't pretty.
I loved the opening scene and how it's the only part of the movie where the family is on seemingly good terms, but it's all downhill from that point onward. The battles are arguably the highlights of the movie, the last one in particular due to how ridiculously good it looks. There's something just jaw dropping about hundreds of Japanese infantry on foot and horse charging into battle. I know it's a clichéd line and all, but it's so well filmed it feels incredibly realistic.
Off to play Total War Shogun I go.