Ran Reviews

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January 3, 2018
Kurosawa may not be Shakespeare, but with images like these, he gets at something about the horror -- and hopelessness -- of being a man that is peculiarly his own.
March 31, 2016
Prepare your eyes to be gouged (this is a King Lear adaptation, after all).
March 31, 2016
If anything, Ran is even darker and more pessimistic than the original.
March 29, 2016
Its true power is found in the small moments.
February 25, 2016
This is one of the year's major cinematic events. It's well worth leaving the house for, should that opportunity arise.
February 23, 2016
Ran remains gripping because it depicts not only the long-ago past, but also our hellish present.
April 23, 2014
Ran is one of the cinema's greatest works, a film of true tragic vision.
April 23, 2014
One of the supreme cinematic achievements of the last quarter-century.
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
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.
July 9, 2008
It is a film that already belongs to the ages.
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.
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