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Ran 1985

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Ran 1985 12

155 mins France Director. Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa’s visually spectacular epic transplants Shakespeare’s King Lear from Celtic Britain to feudal Japan. In its epic scope and expert execution, Ran can be seen as a culmination of the great Japanese director’s filmmaking career; a late triumph which he planned and refined over several years.

By fusing the narrative – about an arrogant King who’s betrayed by his resentful children – with non-naturalistic Japanese aesthetics from the samurai epic and Noh theatre, Kurosawa crafts an arresting and singular cinematic (re)vision of Shakespearean drama. Epic and bloody spectacle is underscored by a sombre mood of loss, regret and mortality, making Ran both enthralling and disturbing.

The film is presented here in a stunning new restoration.

Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Featuring

Jinpachi Nezu

Akira Terao

Tatsuya Nakadai

Genres

Drama

Collection

Shakespeare on Film Shakespeare Award Winning Akira Kurosawa Japanese Classics Mark Kermode Introduces

Certificate

12 moderate bloody violence

Released

1985

Country

France

Language

English

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