Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû, Mieko Harada. 162 min. Rated R. France/Japan. War.
A brilliant celebration of exaggeration. The character gestures, their reactions, and the set colors are so exaggerated and attractive, Ran is far beyond a mere remake of Shakespeare's King Lear. This eye candy study of father-son relationship is so visually beautiful, you will never notice how the 2 hours and 40 minutes went by. Kurosawa was truly the "Emperor".