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Ran Review (1985): Pray that You Do Not Become an Old Fool One Day

The gods are cruel. They watch us for sport. Laugh at our misfortunes. If they are kind, they reward us with great wealth only to be snatched away! Life is filled with uncertainties and free from security. That’s the world we live in–a constant turmoil on the mind!

With current events, we need good leaders. Unfortunately in America, it’s kind of shaky. In Japan, the Prime Minster Shinzō Abe resigned for health reasons. It seems like being a politician is not so glamourous despite the authority that comes with it. Just look at the picture of the main character in this film. The stress in decision making is real, especially if you made the wrong one!

This film is inspired by Shakespeare’s play called King Lear, which is also my favorite tragedy from him. I don’t know if anyone know by now that I really love poetry…oh wait I hope the title of this blog gives it away! Anyway, all things come to an end, and sometimes it ends tragically.

For 50 years, Hidetora  brutally cut down families and conquered lands. By the time he reaches 70 years old, his hunting days became a distant glory. He begins to show affection towards his three sons after having a terrible nightmare about being alone in a foreign land. Hidetora, in his old age, wishes to step down and give his dominion over to his eldest son while his other two sons would act as the eldest son’s support. But we all know: this is a recipe for disaster. What sort of world do we live in? We live in “a world barren of feelings and loyalty, ” as the youngest son pointed out. Even family members back stab one another to obtain power. That’s the reality. It’s a tragic story, but a story we can all pray and hope we do not become old fools.

Watch this film and learn that Karma is a [insert bad word]. You reap what you sow. There are consequences to every action you make in life.  Tragedy makes one wiser. Ran is a timeless film worth watching. I watched it four times before I can summarized this review.