My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

Akira Kurosawa looks to Shakespeare once again for inspiration in this colour-saturated epic based on King Lear. An aging king (cinema legend ) offers his kingdom to his three sons in equal portions. Two of them are glad of the plan and take him up quite happily, while the third is pensive about the idea and thinks his father possibly mad. At first rejecting the third son, it isn’t long before the two eldest are warring with each other and the old man needs to take refuge with his youngest. Stunning, gorgeous photography meets up with exceptional acting and direction in one of Kurosawa’s greatest achievements, though the mellow pace and sometimes obscure plotting will make it feel like watching paint dry for some audience members.

Greenwich Film Productions, Herald Ace, Nippon Herald Films

France/Japan, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, , , based on the play King Lear by

Cinematography by , ,

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa

Academy Awards 1985

Golden Globe Awards 1985


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