Save for one startlingly staged battle sequence. . .might as well have been titled "Also Ran."
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A magisterial film, but not quite a great one.
In Ran, the horrors of life are transformed by art into beauty. It is finally so moving that the only appropriate response is silence.
The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
The Japanese title means chaos, and that is what is let loose when a powerful king foolishly tries to release the reins of power, in the hopes of enjoying a peaceful old age.
Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam freely.
One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
In many respects, it's Kurosawa's most sumptuous film, a feast of color, motion and sound: Considering that its brethren include "Kagemusha," "The Seven Samurai" and "Dersu Uzala," the achievement is extraordinary. [01 Dec 2000, p.26]