History Film / Ran

7th Sep '17 5:14:04 AM fruitstripegum
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* WildHair: Tsurumaru's hair is appropriately long and unkempt for a blind hermit. Hidetora's gets this way after going completely insane.


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* WildHair: Tsurumaru's hair is appropriately long and unkempt for a blind hermit. Hidetora's gets this way after going completely insane.
7th Sep '17 5:12:51 AM fruitstripegum
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* TheExile: Saburo is exiled after he forcefully tries to talk sense to his father.
** Rather than kill him, Hidetora had Tsurumaru's eyes torn out and exiled him into the wilderness.



* TheExile: Saburo is exiled after he forcefully tries to talk sense to his father.
** Rather than kill him, Hidetora had Tsurumaru's eyes torn out and exiled him into the wilderness.
7th Sep '17 5:12:06 AM fruitstripegum
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* TheAtoner: Hidetora sports shades of this by the end.



* TheAtoner: Hidetora sports shades of this by the end.
22nd Aug '17 10:00:32 AM FictionFan101
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* DemotedToDragon: [[spoiler: Initially Jiro is making his own bid for power, but a short time spent with Lady Kaede quickly has him bobbing his head up and down for her like an obedient dog.]]

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* DemotedToDragon: [[spoiler: Initially Initially, Jiro is making his own bid for power, but a short time spent with Lady Kaede quickly has him bobbing his head up and down for her like an obedient dog.]]



* TheDreaded: Hidetora is a fearsome legend, remembered by all as a merciless warlord who spared no blood conquering all of his neighboring kingdoms. During the storming of the Third Castle, the mere sight of him is enough to make the attacking armies back down.

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* TheDreaded: Hidetora is a fearsome legend, feared LivingLegend, being remembered by all as a merciless warlord who spared no blood in conquering all of his neighboring kingdoms. During the storming of the Third Castle, the mere sight of him is enough to make the attacking armies back down.
22nd Aug '17 9:56:35 AM FictionFan101
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* AttackAttackAttack: What Jiro's battle strategy ultimately amounts to. [[CurbStompBattle It doesn't end well for his army]].



* BigBadWannabe: Taro believes that being named Hidetora's heir gives him limitless power, all the while unaware how he is callously being manipulated by his wife and the film's true BigBad, Lade Kaede.
** Jiro's a step up from Taro, having the cunning to back up his ambitions, but still can't quite measure up to Lady Kaede.

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** BigBadDuumvirate: Jiro thinks that he and Lady Kaede are this. [[UnwittingPawn He's wrong.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Taro believes that being named Hidetora's heir gives him limitless power, all the while unaware how he is being callously being manipulated by his wife and the film's true BigBad, Lade Kaede.
** Jiro's Jiro is a step up from Taro, having the cunning and tenacity to back up his ambitions, but he still can't quite measure up to Lady Kaede.


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* GeneralFailure: Jiro, all the way. He ignores the advice of his more-experienced battle commanders, allows himself to get surrounded by three different armies, sends his men charging off only to get cut down by enemy gunfire, and all while leaving his seat of power open for attack. Needless to say, things don't end well for him.


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* VillainDecay: Initially, Jiro demonstrates some impressive cunning in his bid to wrestle power away from his father and brother. However, he winds up becoming Lady Kaede's puppet and turns out to be a GeneralFailure when leading troops into battle.
17th Aug '17 3:26:19 PM FictionFan101
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* BigBadWannabe: Taro believes that being named Hidetora's heir gives him limitless power, all the while unaware how he is callously being manipulated by his wife and the film's true BigBad, Lade Kaede.
** Jiro's a step up from Taro, having the cunning to back up his ambitions, but still can't quite measure up to Lady Kaede.


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* DemotedToDragon: [[spoiler: Initially Jiro is making his own bid for power, but a short time spent with Lady Kaede quickly has him bobbing his head up and down for her like an obedient dog.]]


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* TheDreaded: Hidetora is a fearsome legend, remembered by all as a merciless warlord who spared no blood conquering all of his neighboring kingdoms. During the storming of the Third Castle, the mere sight of him is enough to make the attacking armies back down.
27th Jul '17 4:07:21 PM Lawman592
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* BetrayalByOffspring: Hidetora's sons, Taro and Jiro, turn against their father and strip him of his power.
18th Jun '17 11:07:31 AM Sagetsu
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* RealitySubtext: It was probably unintentional, but the very conflict that erupted between Hidetora and his sons is nigh-similar to the rebellions English king [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Henry II suffered against his sons]]--which was borne out of Henry's own attempts to allot parts of his empire equitably to all of them. Closer to this trope, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran_(film)#Themes many scholars and critics]] identified the crisis, fear and insecurities of the 20th century being perfectly invoked by the conflicts that erupted throughout the film.
18th Jun '17 10:56:41 AM Sagetsu
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** Critics, on the other hand, also see some of Kurosawa in Tsurumaru, whose tragedies and symbolic presence in the film are read as markers of Kurosawa's own insecurities, crises of faith and fear for his impending mortality (see RuleOfSymbolism below).
18th Jun '17 10:55:06 AM Sagetsu
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* OffstageVillainy: Hidetora's bloody conquests. We meet some of the survivors, who are, understandably, rather ticked off.

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* OffstageVillainy: Hidetora's bloody conquests. We meet some of the survivors, who are, understandably, rather ticked off. Keeping Hidetora's bad acts offscreen, to an extent, helps us sympathize a bit with him--even if the film is clear that his sufferings are, in many ways, deserved.
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