YMMV / Ran

  • Award Snub: Not nominated for Best Picture or even the expected Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, despite being the most critically acclaimed film of 1985. It was only after other film directors (notably Sidney Lumet) campaigned for Kurosawa's nomination for Best Director that he was successfully nominated. He still lost to Sidney Pollack for Out of Africa.
    • The movie did win an Oscar for the incredible Costume Design for Emi Wada, and it was nominated for Cinematography and Art (Set) Direction.
  • Awesome Music: Toru Takemitsu's Western style music score.
  • Faux Symbolism: The boar hunt.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Hidetora was a ruthless ruler, but the film puts him through such a hell that one can't help but pity him at the end.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Lady Kaede, who manipulates the house of Ichimonji into a civil war and completely succeeds in destroying it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The gory, disturbing details of the siege on Third Castle.
  • Narm Charm: Not "charm", per se, but the while the quite-obviously-fake blood would kill the mood in most films, it does not in this one.
    • The extremely dramatic Noh-influenced performances and make-up also work way better than one might expect.
  • Signature Scene: The entire Third Castle sequence, particularly the scene of a shell shocked Hidetora walking out of the burning castle as Taro and Jiro's armies watch him. It's widely considered one of the best battle scenes ever filmed.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending. As Saburo's army carry the bodies of Hidetora and his son away, Tsurumaru is left alone atop the desolate ruins of his family's old castle, not knowing that his sister has been murdered. As he blindly walks around trying to find a way out of the ruins, he runs up against a cliff and ends up dropping the scroll of the Buddha that Sue gave him for protection, leaving him completely alone without even the comfort of the gods, as the sun sinks over the horizon and the screen fades to black. Goddamn.
    • The deaths of Hidetora and Saburo, right as it looks like they were about to get a Happy Ending.
    • Arguably, Hidetora's entire ordeal after escaping the Third Castle. Break the Haughty is an understatement for what happens to him.
    • The scene immediately following the Third Castle, where Tango and Kyoami take a catatonic Hidetora to an isolated cabin that it turns out belongs to Tsurumaru, who Hidetora had blinded and exiled years ago. Hidetora's genuine remorse for his sins and grief for the loyal men who died protecting him are bad enough, but Tsurumaru's presence makes things even worse, as he's a living reminder that Hidetora brought it all on himself.
  • The Woobie: Tsurumaru, Lady Sué, Kyoami.