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Ran (1985)

Directed by:
Akira Kurosawa

INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Ran

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Ran

COUNTRY
Japan/France

Genre
War/Drama

RUNNING TIME
162 minutes

Produced by:
Katsumi Furukawa
Masato Hara
Serge Silberman

Written by (based on "King Lear" by William Shakespeare):
Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Oguni
Masato Ide


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Hidetora Tatsuya Nakadai -
Taro Akira Terao -
Jiro Jinpachi Nezu -
Saburo Daisuka Ryu -
Lady Kaede Mieko Harada -

Lady Sue

Yoshiko Miyazaki -

Tsurumaru

Mansai Nomura -

Kurogane

Hisashi Igawa -

Kyoami

Peter -

 

Review

Akira Kurosawa's combined retelling of King Lear and final delve into the Sengoku period of Japanese history is grandiose, stylized and mannered. An elaborate tale of the ugliness of human nature set against the beauty of Mother Nature, beautifully composed and shot in the mountains and plains of Mount Aso. Kurosawa's greatest achievement here is that his film creates an idiosyncratic world of its own, separate from time, if not space. But after an intriguing opening sequence, Ran gradually loses focus and dramatic power, not least because of its weirdly shifting acting styles and an ineffective characterization of Hidetora, the warlord who stands in for Shakespeare's King Lear character. And although Kurosawa shoots the final epic battle with virtuosity, it lacks the urgency and relevance to give the gloomy ending the power it should have had.

Copyright 14.07.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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