Ran (guest)

January 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE: Ran

GUEST: Christopher Watkins

NUTSHELL: A masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa based on Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” An aging leader passes power to his eldest son. The sons turn on each other and their father in a truly great epic film. Please don’t let subtitles stop you from seeing this film.

GOOD THINGS: Cinematography, direction, performances, unrivaled battle scenes, locations, costumes, character depth, etc, etc. Superior to any American historical epic I can think of.

BAD THINGS: If blood and suicide turns you off, beware.

FEATURES: Well, a bunch of Japanese actors. I don’t know any of them, but all the main characters did a great job in their roles. Watch for the vengeful wife.

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS: Severed heads, suicides, spraying blood, yet at no point does it seem overdone or out of place. It all fits the tone of the film.

NOTABLE: Not even NOMINATED for best foriegn film at the Oscars. I find it superior to all the best picture nominees of that year, but it wasn’t even a blip on the FORIEGN FILM Nominees radar! Was nommed for best director – Akira Kurosawa, and won a single statue for costume design. Also, the direction has such a wonderful style to it, makes for refreshing difference from American film.

BEST PART: Vengeful wife holds one of the sons at knifepoint, then they have dirty samauri-sex. A great ending, beautiful long distance cinematography.

BEST LINE: “Man is born crying. When he stops crying, he dies.” (Something very similar to that.)

CROWNS: 5 out of 5

Entry filed under: Christopher Watkins, Classic, Foreign, Guest Review.

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