Ran ★★★½

I don’t think I’ll ever be QUITE as on board with Kurosawa as most people but there are elongated stretches of the film where I’m fully locked in, and engaging with the rich dialogue, gorgeous imagery and timeless telling of the story. I think where I’m on a different wavelength is with the fact that I’m not big on Shakespeare, and with this being an adaptation of his work, I find it to have the same sense of epic scale (which does definitely work better on film) but also the same over abundance of plot and characters. I find it incredibly hard to follow which faction is which and lose the plot in areas after like the first hour which is a shame. A great example of technical mastery despite my disconnect with my film. Although it did contain what might go on to become one of my favourite sequences of all time.

I want that poster on my wall though.

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