Ran is just one of
King Lear in Japan
So yeah, I bought Ran today. Been trying to find it on the cheap i.e. free online to download but no luck. Not that it`s not worth paying for. It is a classic after all. Looking forward to watching it. I have only seen King Lear on tv. I haven`t studied the play but I have read a bit of it (for work purposes). I thought it was ok so I was wondering if I should buy Ran – as it`s a Japanese telling of King Lear with samurai and the whole lot – if I thought King Lear was merely ok. But I thought oh what the hell. This dvd might not be here tomorrow so I might as well buy it now and also it would be interesting to see the Japanese take, especially Kurosawa`s take, on Shakespeare (Blood Throne is another Japanese take on a Shakespeare work). I do feel better when I actually buy dvds. This isn`t going to be a sermon about getting stuff free online from whatever kind of film sites. If I like the director, I want to thank him or her by spending a bit of money on his or her films, especially the better ones and especially if they`re not going to be playing at the local cinema (or if they did but 50 years ago or something). I don`t bother buying music anymore as I can get it all on youtube or other sites – like spotify or deezer – but I still regularly buy films.