History Film / Ran

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.
18th Jun '17 10:51:46 AM Sagetsu
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In a sense, if comparing this film to ''Theatre/KingLear''. For the most part, Lear in Shakespeare's work was at worst merely a naive old king unjustly betrayed. Kurosawa, for his part, saw it fit to give his Lear-figure Hidetora an appropriately bloody past--who to an extent deserved everything that happened to him for the duration of the film.
18th Jun '17 10:41:23 AM Sagetsu
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* AllThereInTheManual: The sons' names (Takatora, Masatora, Naotora), which are almost never used in the film.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The sons' names (Takatora, Masatora, Naotora), (Takatora for Taro, Masatora for Jiro, Naotora for Saburo), which are almost never used in the film.


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* ForWantOfANail: As noted elsewhere in the page, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran_(film)#Development Kurosawa got the idea for the film]] from tweaking the story of daimyo Mori Motonari, who had very loyal sons working together to preserve their clan.[[note]]These first three sons being the generals Mori Takamoto, Kikkawa Motoharu and Kobayakawa Takakage.[[/note]] He imagined the story as what would happen if these sons acted more ambitious and disloyal than in RealLife.[[note]]Curiously, their lives were indeed reflected a bit in the film: the eldest son Takamoto (i.e. Taro) was assassinated after succeeding to the clan, second son Motoharu was a bit more belligerent against the family's enemies (but was way more competent than Jiro), and Takakage, just like Saburo, was a talented general and tactician--with the added bonus of actually dying peacefully, having served and led well for most of his life.[[/note]]


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* RuleOfSymbolism: The very last scene of the film is [[https://i1.wp.com/wherethelongtailends.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Ran_29.png Tsurumaru (probably the only unambiguosly good character to survive) having wandered close to a cliff edge]], accidentally dropping his scroll portraying the Buddha to the abyss--with the very real possibility of him looking for it and inadvertently hurtling to his doom. With this immediately following Tango and Kyoami's bitter ruminations about how [[TheGodsMustBeLazy the gods cannot (and do not) intervene against humanity's evil]] (plus the general nihilism of the entire story), it makes for a suitable DownerEnding.
4th May '17 4:09:48 AM morane
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** ''Kurogane'': "Black Steel"
7th Feb '17 6:46:10 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AllLovingHero: Lady Sue, due to her fervent Buddhism. [[spoiler: Ultimately leads to her death when, despite Tsurumaru's begging her not to, she goes back to his house to check on a servant that hadn't come back, running right into one of Jiro's assassins in the process.]]

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* AllLovingHero: Lady Sue, due to her fervent Buddhism.UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}. [[spoiler: Ultimately leads to her death when, despite Tsurumaru's begging her not to, she goes back to his house to check on a servant that hadn't come back, running right into one of Jiro's assassins in the process.]]
17th Dec '16 11:02:57 AM karstovich2
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* ChekhovsGunman: Literally with Jiro's riflemen, [[spoiler: who kill Saburo at the end.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Literally with Jiro's riflemen, arquebusiers, [[spoiler: who kill Saburo at the end.]]



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Saburo's riflemen completely wipe out Jiro's cavalry despite their lesser numbers, mainly due to Jiro's tactical incompetence.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Saburo's riflemen arquebusiers completely wipe out Jiro's cavalry despite their lesser numbers, mainly due to Jiro's tactical incompetence.]]



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Saburo finds Hidetora and manages to finally reconcile with him, promising that they can live in peace in Lord Fujimaki's lands. As they ride away together, Jiro's riflemen finally arrive and shoot Saburo dead, causing Hidetora to die of a heart attack.]]

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* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Saburo finds Hidetora and manages to finally reconcile with him, promising that they can live in peace in Lord Fujimaki's lands. As they ride away together, Jiro's riflemen arquebusiers finally arrive and shoot Saburo dead, causing Hidetora to die of a heart attack.]]



* HumanShield: A group of Hidetora's concubines put themselves between him and a group of Taro's riflemen at the Third Castle. [[CaptainObvious All of them die]].

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* HumanShield: A group of Hidetora's concubines put themselves between him and a group of Taro's riflemen arquebusiers at the Third Castle. [[CaptainObvious All of them die]].
8th Oct '16 3:14:33 PM DavidCowie
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* CostumePorn: Aristocrats in medieval Japan have fabulous clothes.
4th Aug '16 12:36:06 AM SinNanna
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* SceneryGorn: Oh, man, the attack on the Third Castle scene. Oh. God. That will overlap as NightmareFuel for a lot of people. The sheer brutality of that scene was even the basis for the Omaha Beach scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', right down to the soldier holding his torn arm. In fact, some have consdiered the Scenery Gorn to be Scenery ''Porn'' at the ''same time''.

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* SceneryGorn: Oh, man, the attack on the Third Castle scene. Oh. God. That will overlap as NightmareFuel for a lot of people. The sheer brutality of that scene was even the basis for the Omaha Beach scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', right down to the soldier holding his torn arm. In fact, some have consdiered considered the Scenery Gorn to be Scenery ''Porn'' at the ''same time''.
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