Ran Reviews

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April 23, 2014
The result is the year's best foreign film, an action epic to dwarf anything from Lucas or Spielberg.
April 23, 2014
Less a director's return to form than an essay in solipsism and self-pity run amok.
April 23, 2014
A film for the ages.
April 1, 2013
Akira Kurosawa's Samurai take on King Lear is brutal but brilliant, a startling transposition to match his earlier Macbeth adap Throne Of Blood.
April 1, 2013
Ultimately it is this mixture of the grand gesture and the fine touch, the big world and the small people who occupy it, that lingers with us long after Ran is over.
April 1, 2013
By the time Kurosawa's camera comes to rest on the film's final, poignant image, a painting of the Buddha that one character had promised another would protect him from harm, the movie seemingly has accomplished the impossible: one-upping Shakespeare.
April 1, 2013
There's probably more carnage in Ran than there is in Rambo and The Terminator combined, but the new film substitutes intelligence and emotion for mindlessness and emotionalism. You leave the theater awestruck, not dumbstruck.
March 18, 2010
What could be more exciting than the prospect of one of the giants of world cinema, his career resuscitated, adapting Shakespeare's most modern play?
March 5, 2010
What's remarkable about Ran is that the drama enhances the spectacle the same way the spectacle bolsters the drama. Few other directors had Kurosawa's ability to convey the intimate as well as the epic, to handle stillness as well as violence.
March 4, 2010
Those who were suspicious of the filmmaker's unambiguous plotting and Westernized approach had to admit to its daunting grandeur.
February 26, 2009
Visually exciting, includes outstanding acting by a fine cast, and tells a compelling tale about ambition, betrayal and revenge.
September 19, 2008
A stunningly beautiful epic.
July 9, 2008
It is a film that already belongs to the ages.
July 1, 2008
A landmark of world cinema, this is a rousing, staggering epic and a haunting drama of timeless significance.
July 1, 2008
For aficionados of the war movie, the western, and the period action epic, Ran is necessary viewing.
July 1, 2008
At age 75, the director has made his most costly epic to date, and it's a dazzlingly successful addition to his distinguished career.
July 1, 2008
Akira Kurosawa's 1985 film is slightly marred by some too obvious straining toward masterpiece status, yet it's a stunning achievement in epic cinema.
May 10, 2008
December 8, 2007
October 31, 2006
For his visually sumptuous epic, Kurosawa chose the civil wars of sixteenth-century Japan as a setting so that he could criticize technological progress and wars of the present.
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