Akira Kurosawa is an excellent director and RAN is definitely one of the best Japanese made movies that I have ever seen. The cinematography alone is worth watching the movie for; unbelievable use of color and natural landscape. Lots of panoramic shots of horses and warriers running into battle againist sweepeing landscapes filled with green hills and Japanese castles. Kurosawa was heavily influenced by Shakespeare and RAN is full of metaphors and grand themes. Worth every minute of the three-hour running time, and we were able to borrow it from the library. Another cheap date night!