Saturday, January 17, 2009

Appreciation exercises 2

- Media type: movie

- Title: Ran

- Director: Akira Kurosawa

- Running time: 160 miniatures

- Date: 1985

- Language: Japanese

This movie is about the Japanese culture. It depicts the fall of Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai), an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to abdicate as ruler in favor of his three sons. The story is great as is based on legends of the daimyo Mori Motonari, as well as on the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear. The visual and sound effects are very good too; he smoke and fire seem very real. This film was the most expensive ever produced film in its time. I can say that it is one of the best films that I have seen so far. It has meaning and influential ideas and I think this more important than entertainment. This must be an integral part of media.