Ran

Ran ★★★★½

Kurosawa in colour!

Remnants of war are there to be seen everywhere in this film. The landscape and weather are, as so often in Kurosawa's films, as much a character as the people themselves. The small rays of light and hope in this film are all the more meaningful when considered against the almost constant backdrop of darkness, evil, power and greed.

Ran is beaten only by Seven Samurai as my favourite Kurosawa; the latter is more straight-forward and formulaic (in the very best way) whereas with this film, it is never clear who will triumph or who might show decency or honour as opposed to deceipt.

It is a culmination of all of Kurosawa's skills as a director. His masterpiece.

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