my favorite performance...

...by any actor in any film I have ever seen is that of MIEKO HARADA as Lady Kaede in Akira Kurosawa's legendary "Ran" (1985).

"Aah, Lady Kaede, how could I forget you? Your absolute stillness and grace, your glacial beauty, your pathological hatred of the Ichimonji clan. She really is a great character, the sibilant whip-wheep sound of her silk robes is nearly as terrifying as Asami's 'ichi ichi ichi' in Audition."

(an excerpt from a blog post about the character of Lady Kaede)

For an excellent review of "Ran" by Vincent Canby for the NYTimes click here.

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