Director Chris Marker interviews and films Akira Kurosawa at work on one of his international blockbusters, Ran, in this interesting documentary that says as much about the process of filming as it does about the famed Japanese director himself. Clips from Ran are included, and comments from Kurosawa, on everything from handling horses in a film to the nature of fear, reveal his approach to his art and the people (and horses!) that are essential to an effective final cut. Soft-spoken and modestly dressed in jeans and tennis shoes, the 72-year-old director's style is as individual as his cinematic statements. … More
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A very detailed behind the scenes look at the shooting of Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, Ran. It follows the troubled aspects of the shoot and contains interesting footage of Kurosawa at work. Also useful as a look inside the production values and the kind of work involved to make films that are so epic. A revealing look into how hard Kurosawa worked, even at such an old age and how passionate he was about filmmaking. It would have been nice to have followed to film from pre-production and would have been nice to see more interviews with cast and crew. Just lacking a little bit, but nonetheless a great documentary on Kurosawa and Ran.More
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