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.
http://braidedthreads.blogspot.com/2008/09/ran.html - They don't make movies like this anymore.
Well, they try to, but it is hard to imagine a movie production like this one ever coming our way again. If only the big-budget pixelated, battle-worn films churned out in the last decade or so could contain even a little of the spirit that brims in this film.