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Ran (1985)



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5 out of 10 Heart of darkness
Philip from Dublin, 28 Jul 2009
Kurosawas last great epic, this magnificent film is a shattering experience leaving no room for hope or optimism. Loosely based on King Lear it is about an aging tyrant who leaves his kingdom to his three sons - only to see them tear apart all he created. The battle scenes are among the greatest ever filmed and every scene is crafted like a great painting. Kurosawa gives us a Gods eye view of human folly and greed - we never get close to the characters, but that isn't the point. Essential.
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4.5 out of 10 Ran
naomi from Cork, 05 Sep 2008
One of the last great films directed by Akira Kurosawa. A father gives his land and his power to his three sons. They turn against each other and against their father. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear..
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1 out of 10 Not Good
nigel from Galway, 19 Apr 2012
Found this film over long and boring, and over acted. Unless your a fan of films from Japan I would give this a miss.
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4 out of 10 Modern Classic
Dave from Dublin, 02 Apr 2008
Well worth viewing. Great story of betrayal and revenge, superbly filmed and acted.
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1.5 out of 10 A bit of a drag
john from Mayo, 21 Mar 2011
Its got content but not my cup of tea, i thought it was a bit long as well!
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Akira Kurosawa's brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' magically mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty in this epic masterpiece. Set in 16th century Japan, an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai), announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. This decision to step down unleashes a power struggle between the three, when Hidetora falls prey to the false flattery bestowed...

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