japanese movie still of the week
An image from Akira Kurosawa's magnificent Ran, lifted from Byzantium's Shores, courtesy Cornell University's Japanese Cinema Studies Home Page. I was lucky enough to have seen it on the big screen at the time of its initial release, at the late, lamented Vogue Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ran is basically a chambara version of King Lear, with conflict arising when an aged daimyo tries to divide his feudal holdings among three sons. (Kurosawa even works in the parable of the broken arrow -- that a man can easily break them individually, but can't break a united bundle.) One of the "evil" sons is actually driven by his wife, pictured here. If memory serves me right, her character is named Lady
Sue Kaede. Spoiler alert -- Jaquandor, if you haven't finished the film, don't hover over this link.
Update: Here's Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay on the film. In it, I learn that the character I'm thinking of is named Kaeda, not Sue. Ebert also singles out the shot I mention for particular praise ("a masterstroke of timing and execution").