In his version of King Lear, "Ran" or "Chaos", there is an early scene in which the daimyo divides his land amongst his heirs. Speaking of his territory, he gestures with the pommel of his sword. A hawk flies past, a distant dot in the sky, its trajectory almost aligned with the movement. In a closing scene, when the forces face each other on the battlefield, clouds pass before the sun and a shadow races across the grass between the armies. Wonderful.

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