Reel Rumbles: “Kagemusha” vs “Ran”

David Conrad

David has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He loves foreign films, westerns, war flicks, and has read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. David lived in Japan for three years and is always eager to talk about it. Follow him on Twitter at @davidaconrad or email him at

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3 Responses

  1. Andy Zamora says:

    It’s been some time since I’ve seen these films, but I generally agree with your analysis. For me, Ran was perhaps too ambitious, it failed to hold my interest for the entire epic length. I reacted more positively to the immediacy and intimacy of Kagemusha.

    • David Conrad says:

      Well-said. I think watching them in their release order, as I did, might also increase the risk of diminishing returns. I do like Ran a lot as a work of craftsmanship, though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Now I want to watch! Thanks.