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Reel Reviews – Ran


Reel Review #49: “My Lord, we are undone, prepare to die.” Kurosawa’s late classic is a film to behold. Amazing cinematography and a classic story based on King Lear. You owe it to yourself to watch this film. “Man is born crying. When he has cried enough, he dies.”

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9 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Ran”

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Mark Forman Nov 22nd, 2005 at 8:56 pm

    Happy to see this pop up in my download list. Now your really talking about great cinema here one of the classics. Another useful tool you may want to mention is

    Glad to see you made time to cast.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Tetsuo Nov 29th, 2005 at 5:07 am

    Man, I’m sorry to say this, but I couldn’t listen to this all the way through. I mean honestly, it was starting to hurt physically every time you said “Kagemusha”. No offense, but if you’re going to laud something as excellent and all that, could you at least make the effort to learn the name? The “g” in Japanese is /always/ a hard G. The way you said it would be “Kajemusha” which is technically not even valid Japanese. I understand you don’t know Japanese, but dude….

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Michael Nov 29th, 2005 at 7:55 am


    That is the risk I take every time I do one of these – particularly the Japanese films. I’d hate o think I mispronounce something, but I know that it happens. However, I do appreciate the correction. Thanks.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Jacek Dec 7th, 2005 at 8:30 am

    Great review, Michael. Made me go out and rent Ran. Excellet movie. On the other subject, could you elaborate more on the new podcasting setup you’re using?

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Pureboy Dec 7th, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    Good review=. As a Japanese film buff, I winced at your pronounciations, but please don’t let that stop you from reviewing more Japanese films! I hope you expose your listeners to other great directors like Masaki Kobayashi (Harakiri is amazing) and Takeshi Kitano.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Todd Storch Dec 12th, 2005 at 9:04 am


    What an amazing piece of art. I picked up a rental last Friday night after listening to your podcast.

    The plan was for my wife and I to listen to the podcast first and then watch the movie together. Problem was that one of our kiddos was feeling bad, and our plan got sidetracked. However, I did get to watch it after everyone went to sleep.

    I really enjoyed the story telling and wow…how about Lady Kaede?!

    This is one of those films that I need to watch 2 or 3 more times to really become immersed in it. I feel like I just went through the Louvre or Musee d’Orsey in 30 minutes and I need to truly go back and study all the hallways.

    Thank you for the review!


  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Bill Geoghegan Dec 13th, 2005 at 3:40 pm

    Riveting! I wasn’t sure I was going to like this film at first, but wow. Lady Kaede takes the prize as the all time most monstrous villaness. I’ve never seen anything like her or this movie before.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 David Basulto Feb 8th, 2006 at 11:35 am

    Michael, awesome review on one of the greatest movies of all time. Im a huge Kurasawa fan and preach his filmmaking ways on my podcast Filmmaking Central! Way to go! Cheers, Dave

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