It is time that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changes its policy about the submission of foreign-language films.
Once again, we are witness to the ineligibility of a masterpiece--Akira Kurosawa's "Ran"--simply because a government does not want to submit the film as its sole "official entry" in the Oscar race.
If Hitler had a choice between an anti-fascist classic directed by Fritz Lang and a propaganda film by Leni Riefenstahl, which film do you think would be the Third Reich's official entry?
Will Russia or Cuba ever send us an anti-Communist entry? Will Italy send a film satirizing Catholicism? Will Korea support an entry that proposes re-unification?