Akira Kurosawa used the narrative of King Lear to drive his last great epic, in which a feudal Japanese warlord abdicates power to his three sons, only to watch his children erupt in betrayal and violence. "It's Kurosawa doing Shakespeare as a Japanese samurai film. The color and the pageantry – it's crazy," Detweiler says. "It’s epic. Epic. Really, really amazing."