#239: Ran

8wlya9lipqrrhdnddfaqq2hdvwm#239 – Ran, (), 1985, Akira Kurosawa

With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is Kurosawa’s late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.


#251: Come and See

2s3okpyde7asmfwl7kocdubjsrh#251 – Come and See, (Иди и смотри), 1985, Elem Klimov

The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family’s wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

#283: Brazil

dnfoxsryyusqm9ldtyu51s0kuha#283 – Brazil, 1985, Terry Gilliam

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle, he meets the woman from his daydream, and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.

#400: Vagabond

l9skre5j3pdpvhrooeaclzttwui#400 – Vagabond, (Sans toit ni loi), 1985, Agnès Varda

Mona Bergeron is dead, her frozen body found in a ditch in the French countryside. From this, the film flashes back to the weeks leading up to her death. Through these flashbacks, Mona gradually declines as she travels from place to place, taking odd jobs and staying with whomever will offer her a place to sleep. Mona is fiercely independent, craving freedom over comfort, but it is this desire to be free that will eventually lead to her demise.

#784: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

7cq1v7uzqntervbv4tzbmm7ftrr#784 – Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, 1985, Paul Schrader

A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko’s House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.