One legend adapting another.

Using Shakespeare’s King Lear as a jumping-off point, Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, going full-tilt at age 75, delivers a film of staggering power and beauty.

His tale concerns a fading warlord who tries to split his wealth and power among his three sons, only to have everything go to Hell in a handbasket.

Instead of the unity he’s seeking to enforce, the old man — who rose to power through his own feats of brute strength — finds his kingdom destroyed by greed, violence, and destruction.

A haunting late-in-life masterpiece, this one roars with fire and passion.


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