The culmination of Kurosawa's career stands as his masterpiece. Loosely adapting Shakespeare's "King Lear," with plot elements from "Macbeth," he's fashioned an epic, heartbreaking statement about honor, ambition, and the futility of war. Aging medieval warlord Hidetora gives control of his empire to his oldest son, creating conflict with two other sons. Soon he's an outcast, as ambition and greed seize the two sons. Stunning battle scenes illuminate the full-blown tragedy of Kurosawa's vision. Superb acting with a scene-stealing Harada as the revenge-minded Lady Kaede; period costumes took three years to create. Japanese with English subtitles.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 160 minutes.
Originally from Japanese, French.
Oscars 1985: Costume Des.; British Acad. 1986: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1985: Foreign Film; Natl. Bd. of Review 1985: Director (Kurosawa); N.Y. Film Critics 1985: Foreign Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1985: Cinematog., Film.
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