Very long movie [nearly 3 hours). Another morality tale/warning from Kurosawa. Could be described as "psychopaths as leaders", how destructive they can be... not much has changed in the world, they ruled then and they often are at the top now...
Let me make this clear, I cannot stand Shakespeare, but Kurosawa's adaptation of "King Lear" is brought to life in a totally different fashion than one would expect. There's a huge emphasis on the creation of the fictional world through atmosphere and set design and the dialogue (with English subtitles that is) isn't in Old English like Shakespeare's plays. Kurosawa proves once again why he was a cinematic genius by taking something that many may not be into, making appropriate changes and releasing it with his distinctive directorial touch. One of his many masterpieces.
Well over 20 years since I have seen this brilliant adaptation of Macbeth. Many of the scenes sprang back into my mind when they appeared again. The adaptation, photography, art direction are all superb. One to watch on a 60'' plasma with a 5,000 watt theatre system, which I don't have.
Visually stunning, even on small screen. Far too long. Battle scenes costumes and cinematography were its savior. Wasn't really a good adaptation of King Lear, just King lear dramatic elements.
If the typical cliched Hollywood movie is your type of thing then you won't like this. If you want to see a well crafted, interesting but different adaption of King Lear from a brilliant director then get this!
Slower than anticipated but very good. Would have been magnificent on the big screen, lost a bit of impact on a TV.
Great movie! And it has double DVD too ^^v
A terrific, but tragic story.
This was an excellent DVD. The story, a darkened mirror-version of Shakespeare's "King Lear", was spectacular in colour , action and cinematography.
There was a second DVD featuring a documentary focussing on the range of work done by diector, Akira Kurosawa, in relation to actors, camera angles and set design, among other things. The DVD was worth it for this insight alone.