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Ran

Last night, I watched King Lear. Only, it was in Japaneese. And it was called Ran.

Wow. That was a great movie.

It was epic. It was beautiful. It was tragic. It was also lengthy (2 hours, 40 minutes). It was well worth the viewing. I was tipped off to it via a review on Reel Reviews Radio, and I'm really glad I added it to my NetFlix queue. I've never read King Lear, and was not previously familiar with the story. yarbiedoll says that the movie was a pretty good adaptation. After watching the film, I lamented the fact that there aren't enough tragedies in modern movie-making anymore. People want to walk away from the movies feeling good -- they want comedies, heros, action/adventure, etc. I think a well-done tragedy is a much more enjoyable experience in the long term, though -- it's the kind of story that really sticks with you.

I was also really impressed with they way the film was put together. It's the first Akira Kurosawa film I've seen. After watching this one, I'm hungry for more and went ahead and moved The Seven Samurai up on my NetFlix queue. I've been meaning to watch that one for years -- I think I'm finally going to watch it sometime in the next several weeks.

Anyway, I highly recommend Ran.

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yarbiedoll
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
And it was a unique adaptation, too. The king had sons instead of daughters, which played out great in the context of Japanese familial structure.
prester_scott
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
See Rashomon.
drmellow
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
After reading the wikipedia article on Kurosawa, I put it in my queue, too. Thanks for the recommendation.
christtrekker
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
Seven Samurai?
I've thought it would be fun to see it, after learning The Magnificent Seven was based on it.
drmellow
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven Samurai?
Yeah, and A Bug's Life, too.
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