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One of the letter's I got recently said that teens are not interested in classics and foreign films. But, there have been other's who have written to me saying that they have seen plenty of classics and loved them, and most of them are people between the ages of 13 and 20. This film, Akira Kurosawa's Ran was one of the films they liked and one of the films I liked. It is basically a Japanese version of Shakespeare's "King Lear". Instead of daughters, there are three sons who vie for power over the divided kingdom, which they inherited from their aging warlord father (Tatsuya Nakadai, in an excellent performance as the Lear character).

It's a little slow in the beginning, but it picks up with two of Kurosawa's famed gigantic battle scenes. Of Kurosawa's films, this is his most violent. There is also a woman in here who is the most evil of women I have ever seen. This is a fantastic film and I want the teens that enjoy classic film and literature, like myself, to write to me and prove this guy wrong. Maybe you've already seen this film. If not, you will certainly enjoy it.

My Rating = Four Stars

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