Dir: Akira Kurosawa|Japan / France|1985|160 mins 32s|12A | Japanese w/Eng subtitles
Our latest reissue is a stunning 4K digital
restoration of Akira Kurosawa's (Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashômon) Ran,
his famous interpretation of King Lear as a jidaigeki epic; and the most
expensive Japanese film ever produced on its original release in 1985. The restoration has been created by Studiocanal and Japanese production company Kadokawa Pictures.
‘Ran’ stands for chaos, turmoil or fury in Japanese; all
befitting Shakespeare's vision of a nihilistic world turned upside down and
revolting against its natural order; dramatising the pain and rage of ageing
and its inevitable loss of control.
Borrowing narrative elements from the legend of Mōri
Motonari (a 16th century Japanese warlord) as well as the
Shakespearean tragedy, Ran stars Tatsuya Nakadai as the vain, arrogant
Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, who at seventy decides to abdicate and divide
his domain amongst his three sons, with catastrophic results.
Spectacularly beautiful, with gorgeous,
colour-saturated frames, it is an undoubted masterpiece; the product of a
breathtaking artistic vision that works as an historical epic and Shakespearean
adaptation as well as a bloody, action-packed war film with a silent central
battle scene that must be seen to be believed.
“Why cultural film is no longer a secret, independent cinema is thriving against the odds, says the ICO's Catharine Des Forges, and closer to home than Hollywood”
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