This is probably one of the best film epics I’ve seen. Kurosawa continually impresses me. Not a lot of directors were doing films as grand and well-made in the 80s, which speaks to his integrity. This one is based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, of which I know pretty much nothing, but I found the story enjoyable and easy to follow. The cinematography was gorgeous and the use of colour was fantastic. It was always a pleasure to look at. The battle scenes were very well done and the performances were good too.