Sceneplay: Ran

first_imgby Ross PhilipsIn today’s cinema the truly epic battle scene has been replaced by computer generated images. Although the capabilities of CGI to create realistic and sophisticated battle animations have grown incredibly over the last ten years, it’s just not the same as seeing real armies and actual destruction. The most truly epic and beautiful battle scene ever captured on film is not in the Lord of the Rings. It is the attack on Hidetora’s castle, in Ran, Akira Kurosawa’s samurai inspired adaptation of King Lear. In this scene, Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, brilliantly portrayed by Tatsuya Nakadai, is betrayed by his son, Taro, to whom he has bequeathed his crown. Instead of using fast paced editing, sound effects, and handy-cams in order to immerse  us in a first person perspective of the battle, Kurosawa uses long takes with the camera watching from high above as thousands of samurai warriors storm the castle. He shows scenes of incredible carnage, piles of bodies strewn with arrows, a man holding his severed arm, another man who has been shot through the eye with an arrow; however, instead of the sounds of battle, Kurosawa plays only the dramatic orchestral score. This allows the audience to reflect on what is being shown. Kurosawa often cuts away from these images of carnage to show the sun shining through the clouds, creating a visual metaphor of the heavens above juxtaposed with hell on earth. It is as if the camera is the eye of God watching from above.The scene ends with Hidetora sitting motionless as arrows fly around his head and his castle burns around him. All of his bodyguards and his concubines have been killed. The troops outside wait for the castle to finish burning down expecting that Hidetora will commit suicide rather than dishonor himself in defeat, but to their amazement Hidetora emerges from the smoke. He slowly walks down the steps towards the samurai army. Instead of attacking him the soldiers move to create a path for him to walk through. Despite his now pitiful state they are unwilling to attack the man who was once their tyrannical leader. As Hidetora walks through the gates of the exterior wall, Kurosawa frames the burning castle behind him. What makes this scene truly amazing is that there is no CGI. Kurosawa built a castle solely for the purpose of burning it down in order to film this one scene. For this reason, each shot in the scene had to be filmed in one take. Kurosawa manages to pull it off flawlessly. When it was released in 1985, Ran the most expensive ever made in Japan; however, this scene set a benchmark of excellence not only for Japan, but also for cinema around the world.last_img read more

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‘Tis the season of ‘akyat bahay’

first_img“Walangnamang organized na robbery group dito perokung makikita nila na may opportunity naopen ang gate, robbers will takeadvantage of that. So dapat secure ang ating mga pintuan,” he said. He also wanted the security measuresbolstered in establishments that deal with money such as banks, pawnshops,money remittance centers, and money changers, even public markets. “I have instructed all police unitsnot to lower their guard. Focus on criminals. Conduct more operations againstloose firearms. Maximize our presence,” said Police Brigadier General RenePamuspusan, Western Visayas police director. Pamuspusan urged barangaycouncils to allow their barangay tanodsto augment the police. ILOILO City – This holiday seasoneverybody should be extra cautious. “Akyat bahay” or robbery groups are justwaiting for the right opportunity to strike, according to the Police RegionalOffice 6 (PRO-6). “Barangay officials, especiallyvillage watchmen, are a big help to our police. We really need them,”Pamuspusan said./PN Close the doors, Pamuspusan suggested.last_img read more

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Western leaders raise red flag on gold mining in the region

first_imgIn a statement, they claim, “Government ministers have publicly stated that debts in the sugar industry have been cancelled in an effort to revive the sugar industry. However, they are not availing documentary evidence with relevant instruments to confirm that debts have actually been cancelled. Why? Secondly, if indeed debts have been cancelled, why is there still a receiver manager in Mumias Sugar Company?”Also Read  Kenya women lawyers back calls to dissolve parliamentThe leaders under Western Kenya Solidarity Movement also acknowledged that the country is under a great strain as COVID-19 pandemic numbers continues to spread and claim the lives of fellow Kenyans.“In the light of this grim scenario and after broad consultations, we have suspended our outreach programmes which involved scheduled meetings in the western region,” they said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauAnd in the spirit of containing the COVID-19 spread, they have challenged other leaders to put the lives of Kenyans first by emulating their stance.“We believe that it is through honest, transparent, accountable and people-driven governance processes that we shall achieve equitable development in which the life of every Kenyan, community and family matters,” they said. Leaders from Western Kenya have raised the red flag on the mining of large deposits of gold recently found in the Lirhanda Corridor.Led by ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetangula, the leaders claim that a UK-based company called Acacia was granted these rights but it subsequently transferred the same to another company based in Tanzania.They now want to know how the Counties of Kakamega,Vihiga, Kisumu and Siaya where the corridor stretches through as well as the Government have benefitted from the arrangement.Also Read  2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of Parliament Either, the leaders have also challenged the Privatization Commission to shed light on talk of a possible leasing of sugar factories in Western to private investors.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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Employee Faces Charges in Limo Crash that Killed 20

first_imgA businessman in upstate New York is facing 40 criminal counts, six months after a crash killed 20 people in a limousine that was rented from his family’s company.According to Schoharie District Attorney Susan Mallery, Nauman Hussain has been indicted on 20 counts of second-degree manslaughter as well as 20 counts of negligent homicide. He will be arraigned on Wednesday.Police describe Hussain as an “operator” for Prestige Limousine Chauffer Service, a company owned by his father, Shahed Hussain.In October of last year, the younger Hussain allegedly hired driver Scott Lisinicchia, who did have the appropriate license to drive a limo.The complaint against Nauman Hussain also alleges that the modified Ford Excursion had certain mechanical and safety issues, affecting the brakes, among other things.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the limo failed an inspection in September of last year, and “was not supposed to be on the road.”However, Hussain’s attorney, Lee Kindlon, says, “Mr. Hussain is not guilty of criminal wrongdoing, and we will fight for him every step of the way.” Kindlon adds that Hussain had “very little involvement” in his father’s company, handling clerical duties.Lisinicchia was driving 17 passengers to a birthday party when the limo ran a stop sign and then struck a parked SUV, according to officials.Everyone in the limo was killed, as were two pedestrians. Newlyweds and four sisters were among the victims.The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report in February. It states that the “original 137-inch-long wheelbase for the 2001 Ford Excursion had been lengthened by 180 inches to increase the seating capacity to 18 occupants (including the driver).”The report adds, “All aspects of the Schoharie, New York, crash remain under investigation as the NTSB focuses on determining the probable cause, with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes.”last_img read more

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