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Apr. 16th, 2004 | 01:54 am
music: Trace Adkins - Then They Do

I'm looking for a DVD....

Ran by Akira Kurosawa...

If you have never seen it.. it is one of the BEST movies I have ever seen.... It is Akira Kurosawa's version of King Lear... well.. The Japanese Version of King Lear..

For his 27th film, the "sensei" of Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa, transposes Shakespeare`s KING LEAR to feudal Japan. RAN, which translates as "chaos" or "turmoil," is the tragic tale of Lord Hidetora, a warlord who decides to divide his empire among his three sons on the eve of his 70th birthday. However, Hidetora`s youngest and most compassionate son, Saburo, defiantly objects to this hasty decision and is disowned by the proud, stubborn ruler. Once the two eldest sons take control of the empire, they quickly turn on their father and begin vying for total control over the land. As Hidetora is banished from his own kingdom in a bloody battle, he must confront the consequences of his violent, ruthless past. Ten years in the making, RAN represents the culmination of Kurosawa`s career by revisiting his skill at adapting Shakespeare, as evidenced in THRONE OF BLOOD, and displaying the cinematic splendor of his other landmark films such as SEVEN SAMURAI and RASHOMON. With its magnificent costumes, breathtaking settings, and amazingly photographed battle sequences, the film is truly stunning. An epic on the grandest of scales, RAN is not only one of Kurosawa`s finest films, it is a glorious masterpiece of Japanese cinema.

I highly reccommend it.... and so do these people.. whoever they are....

"...Sweeping..." -- Recommended Anthony Reilly, Premiere

"...Kurosawa directs RAN with the easy grace that comes of a lifetime's experience..." Tom Milne, Sight and Sound

"...Brisk and vital, elegiac and contemplative, intimate and epic, tragic yet shot through with humor. It combines the energy of youth with the perspective of maturity..." Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"...The film is visually magnificent. Kurosawa refined everything he learned about battle scenes in KAGEMUSHA and the earlier samurai epics..." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"...A deft switch on Shakespeare's King Lear....[A] stirring epic about familial deceit..." Mike Clark, USA Today

and if you can find it on DVD for cheap, let me know.. LOL.. I want my own copy damnit! Found it for $13 at http://www.superduperclub.com/

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