1985. dir. Akira Kurosawa, starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu. Japanese with subtitles.
Seen it before? No.
Lord Ichemonji has three sons and wants to will his empire to them...but not really. He wants his cake and to be able to eat it too...wouldn't you know that his youngest son Saburo, who Ichemonji kicks out for being honest and not kissing his ass, was right in warning his father that dissolving his rank and bequeathing his sons with the castles would only lead to the destruction of the empire he created...WHOOPS!
Greed is a powerful being. Taro, the eldest son, is a puppet. His wife is dissatisfied with his position because even if he has the house and the warriors he doesn't have the final say. When he asks his father to relinquish control chaos ensues. When he's out of the picture the wife goes to his brother and poisons his thoughts as well.
It was truly beautifully done. The scenes are amazing. The wars brilliant considering it was 1985 and no CG was around. The jester was obnoxious. My one sticking point is that the woman was, of course, the epitome of pure evil. Of course she would be...Adam wouldn't have eaten the apple in the garden of Eden if not for Eve...I SO hate men...
Would I see it again? Yeah cause I missed the scene when Saburo comes back (having been taken in by the father of the girl he was set to marry for having the backbone to speak up to warn his father of impending doom) and fights...
Would I own it? Meh