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Ran (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  1 June 1985 (Japan)
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An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Terao ...
Jinpachi Nezu ...
Daisuke Ryû ...
Yoshiko Miyazaki ...
Hisashi Igawa ...
Pîtâ ...
Masayuki Yui ...
Kazuo Katô ...
Norio Matsui ...
Shumenosuke Ogura
Toshiya Ito ...
Mondo Naganuma
Kenji Kodama ...
Samon Shirane
Takashi Watanabe
Mansai Nomura ...
Tsurumaru (as Takeshi Nomura)


Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo c an possibly save him. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

1 June 1985 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ran  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,567 (USA) (30 June 2000)


$3,522,421 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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A film requiring patience with huge rewards for the viewer!
26 July 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The 'Kurosawa' adaptation of King Lear in his film 'Ran' is a tremendous memorable film.

It is a very dramatic film with many soliloquies and dialogue, but if you are patient with it, you are treated to some of the most epic scenes of cinematic brilliance that Kurosawa made. After all it is Shakespeare and one must be patient with it if they are not a fan of the old school theatre.

Colourfull clashing armies, The lord awaiting his fate in a burning castle, a brilliant execution scene (I consider the BEST I have ever seen film ever), and the blind being left in the hands of Buddha?

While Seven Samurai will always be his perfection, Ran is more than an enjoyable movie that should be seen. Just stick with it and you'll never forget it.

Rating 9 out of 10.

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