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November 28, 2011
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.
February 28, 2010
Chris Marker's essay film/documentary proves to be more about Kurosawa himself than on the film Ran. If you have the Ran DVD from The Criterion Collection and you confess yourself to be a die-hard Akira Kurosawa fan, then you definitely should see it. It's also another chance to experience Chris Marker at work outside of his most well-known Sans Soleil.

I personally thought it was very insightful and microscopic. For example, if you see horses discussed, you'll see where that influence on Kurosawa came from and how he's used it in other films. Considering it aims slightly more at Kurosawa than the film I think a little more length would have been nice. But that's Chris Marker.
January 28, 2010
Chris Marker's behind-the-scenes look at Ran is full of striking and fascinating images, but occasionally gets too meditative for its own good. One can only stand so many minutes of armor-clad extras milling about before boredom sets in.
½ October 2, 2009
You could call it a documentary about another man's masterpiece. But as far as 'Making of' features go, this is really top notch. Successful intellectual exercise.
December 26, 2007
December 13, 2007
If you enjoy Ran or Kurosawa's films in general, this documentary fits the bill... quite good, but not great.
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