218. Ran (1985)

Film 86 in C4 Top 100 War Films

An old king in feudal Japan decides to abdicate in favour of his eldest son. His third son tries to warn him that this will cause in-fighting and that his older siblings will betray the king – but he ignores the warning, instead choosing to disown the third son. However, it doesn’t take long for the son’s prophesy to come true, and he endeavours to protect his father whilst bitter war is declared.

Ran is incredibly stunning with incredible battle scenes – the colours of the banners and pennants of the armies make for an amazing spectacle of a film. But my favourite bits by far are the utterly hilarious false eyebrows which everyone seemed to wear, except for the poor princess who has no eyebrows at all.

A classic Kurosawa – epic and visually beautiful.


This entry was posted in War Films, YearInFilm and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s