An incident that keeps managing to repeat itself is that I seem to never read the run times for movies that I set on my schedule. For example, I realized halfway into Ran that the movie was 2 hours and 42 minutes long. This was not a well-received actualization, but I knew that I had to finish the film.
As far as epic-style films go, I have seen several. Most were headed by Westerners, with Western-based production companies. Not many were hybrid efforts between European financing and Asian talent, telling a story with local flair, even if it heavily references a Shakespearean play.
Ran is King Lear in late feudal Japan.
As I mentioned, it is a little long. But the story is truly epic, and the end is definitely worth every minute of watching.
The characters are varied and all very dimensional. To watch them…
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