Kurosawa has tackled Shakespear before, like in the brilliant Throne Of Blood, but in this film he shows why he is one of the greatest directors of all time. Kurosawa was in his 70's at the time of making this film and proves he never lost his edge.
The story is set in the time of the samurai. A lord is turning over his rule to his oldest son, a desision that dose not sit well with his youngest son, who warns his father that his move will cause nothing but pain, and betrayal. He proves to be correct.
The movie is just like Kurosawa's other films in that it has the feel of a grand, sweeping epic but never makes you feel like you'r watching Ben-Hur. THe cinamatopraphy is outstanding and the acting is some of the best I have ever seen in a Japaness film, or any for that matter.
If you are looking for one of Kurosawa's best works this is a great place to start if you haven't already seen The Seven Samurai, this is a great peice of film making and somthing every film maker can learn from. I just wish as many people saw this film as have seen the last Friday The 13th, that would be sonmthing.