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Ran


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  Ran Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
8.94 /10
 
Starring
Tatsuya Nakadai, Satoshi Terao, Jinpachi Nezu
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa (AAN, LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD - DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR)
Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide, based on Japanese legend and William Shakespeare's play King Lear


 
 
 
Released: 1985
   
Genre: DRAMA
FOREIGN
COSTUME
EPIC
   
Origin: Japan
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 161
 
 


 
A 16th century warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai) abdicates from leadership of his clan, divides his property between his three sons, but finds that this arrangement has its problems.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Though ponderous at the outset and with acting that frequently strays into the melodramatic, this develops into a truly spectacular epic, with stunning use of colour and amazing battle scenes. Mieka Harada's performance as a daughter-in-law combining the worst aspects of Goneril, Reagan and Cruella De Vil, is riveting. Kurosawa was at his best when directing another work of Shakespeare, Throne of Blood (1957), here - at the age of 75 - he is very much in tune with Lear's disappointments and frustrations; Ran is his last great film. It won an Academy Award for Emi Wada's gorgeous costumes, and nominations for cinematography (Takao Saito) and art direction (Yoshiro Muraki, Shinobu Muraki).


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