Lives up to Lear while making the story its own. I want to own all of the costumes.
Kurosawa's last epic masterpiece is unforgettable.
There's a lot of really great stuff. It's just a little hard to get through.
over 6 years
Much like the Shakespeare play it's based on, it must be endured rather than enjoyed.
almost 7 years
Just as polished, but more hopeless, as "KAGEMUSHA". Best film of 1985
Intense, interesting but a bit long-winded at times.
A powerful and nihilistic film. I'm tempted to categorize this as a dystopian-future film.
Ran (乱, Japanese for "chaos" or "revolt") is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film starred Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to abdicate as ruler in favor of his three sons. It also stars Mieko Harada as the wife of Ichimonji's eldest son. The story is based on legends of the daimyo Mōri Motonari, as well as on the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear.
Ran was Kurosawa's last epic. With a budget of $12 million, it was the most expensive Japanese film ever produced up to that time. After Ran, Kurosawa directed three other films before he died, but none on so large a scale. The film was hailed for its powerful images and use of color—costume designer Emi Wada won an Academy Award for Costume Design for her work on Ran. The distinctive Gustav Mahler-inspired film score, written by Tōru Takemitsu, plays in isolation with ambient sound muted.
According to Stephen Prince, Ran is "a relentless chronicle...