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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) and
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 June 1985 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 34 wins & 21 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A film requiring patience with huge rewards for the viewer! See more (219 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Lord Hidetora Ichimonji
Akira Terao ... Taro Takatora Ichimonji
Jinpachi Nezu ... Jiro Masatora Ichimonji
Daisuke Ryû ... Saburo Naotora Ichimonji
Mieko Harada ... Lady Kaede
Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Lady Sue
Hisashi Igawa ... Shuri Kurogane
Pîtâ ... Kyoami
Masayuki Yui ... Tango Hirayama
Kazuo Katô ... Kageyu Ikoma
Norio Matsui ... Shumenosuke Ogura
Toshiya Ito ... Mondo Naganuma
Kenji Kodama ... Samon Shirane
Takashi Watanabe
Mansai Nomura ... Tsurumaru (as Takeshi Nomura)
Takeshi Katô ... Koyata Hatakeyama
Jun Tazaki ... Seiji Ayabe
Hitoshi Ueki ... Nobuhiro Fujimaki
Takao Zushi
Yoshitaka Zushi
Tetsuo Yamashita
Akihiko Sugizaki
Masaaki Sasaki
Yoshimitsu Yamaguchi
Masuo Amada
Masaru Sakurai

Sakae Kimura
Ryûjirô Oki
Hanbei Kawai
Ryo Nagasawa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Yûichi Hibi
Seizô Katô ... Koyata Hatakeyama (voice)
Tokie Kanda ... Sue's lady in waiting (uncredited)
Sawako Kochi ... Hidetora's concubine (uncredited)
Reiko Nanjo ... Hidetora's concubine (uncredited)
Kumeko Otowa ... Sue's lady in waiting (uncredited)
Heihachiro Suzuki ... Fujimaki's General (uncredited)
Susumu Terajima ... Foot soldier (uncredited)
Haruko Tôgô ... Kaede's lady in waiting (uncredited)

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) and
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) and
Masato Ide (screenplay)

William Shakespeare  play "King Lear"

Produced by
Katsumi Furukawa .... executive producer
Masato Hara .... producer
Hisao Kurosawa .... associate producer
Serge Silberman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Asakazu Nakai 
Takao Saitô 
Shôji Ueda 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Production Design by
Shinobu Muraki 
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Set Decoration by
Jiro Hirai 
Mitsuyuki Kimura 
Yasuyoshi Ototake 
Tsuneo Shimura 
Osumi Tousho 
 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
 
Makeup Department
Tameyuki Aimi .... makeup artist
Yoshiko Matsumoto .... hair stylist
Chihako Naito .... makeup artist
Noriko Sato .... hair stylist
Noriko Takamizawa .... makeup artist
Shoshichiro Ueda .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Seikichi Iizumi .... production manager
Satoru Iseki .... production manager
Masayuki Motomochi .... unit manager
Teruyo Nogami .... production manager
Ulrich Picard .... general production manager (as Ully Pickard)
Tsutomu Sakurai .... unit manager
Takashi Ôhashi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Cohn .... first assistant director
Vittorio Dalle Ore .... assistant director
Ishirô Honda .... chief assistant director (as Inoshiro Honda)
Takashi Koizumi .... assistant director
Kunio Nozaki .... assistant director
Fumisake Okada .... assistant director
Kiyoko Watanabe .... assistant director
Ichirô Yamamoto .... assistant director
Okihiro Yoneda .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Takayuki Goto .... assistant sound
Soichi Inoue .... assistant sound
Takenori Misawa .... assistant sound
Hideo Takeichi .... assistant sound
Claude Villand .... final mix
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound recordist
Shôtarô Yoshida .... sound recordist
Jean-Marc Lentretien .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kiyoshi Anzai .... assistant camera
Noburu Asono .... assistant camera
Koji Choya .... electrician
Daizaburo Harada .... still photographer
Hidehiro Igarashi .... assistant camera
Yoshio Iyama .... electrician
Koichi Kamata .... electrician
Nobuyuki Kito .... assistant camera
Mutsuo Komine .... electrician
Kosuke Matsushima .... assistant camera
Masakazu Oka .... assistant camera
Yuichi Oyama .... electrician
Makoto Sano .... electrician
Takeji Sano .... gaffer (as Takeharu Sano)
Yoshio Sato .... still photographer
Tetsuo Sawada .... electrician
Yoshinori Sekiguchi .... assistant camera
Satoru Suzuki .... assistant camera
Shigeo Suzuki .... assistant camera
Shintaro Tazaki .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Akira Fukuda .... assistant wardrobe
Kazuko Numata .... assistant wardrobe
Noriko Taguchi .... assistant wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Hideto Aga .... assistant editor
Hajime Ishihara .... assistant editor
Ryûsuke Ôtsubo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hiroyuki Iwaki .... conductor
 
Other crew
Anne Brav .... subtitler
Ishirô Honda .... director's counselling
Masahiko Kumada .... production assistant
Hisao Kurosawa .... production coordinator
Ko Nauri .... production assistant
Takeo Suga .... accountant
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Revolt" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
162 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Japan:R | Norway:16 (1985) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Unlike most other characters in the film, the character of the fool, Kyoami (Pîtâ), has no basis in historic Japan. The most similar position in relation to a historic Japanese warlord would be a page, but would be quite different in responsibilities. Rather Kyoami is based on the fool or jester of European medieval times and, of course, William Shakespeare's character of the Fool from "King Lear".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Saburo's men ride away from the Third Castle, you can see that the path before them has already been trampeled from previous takes.See more »
Quotes:
Kyoami:Man is born crying. When he has cried enough, he dies.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of King Lear (1983) (TV)See more »

FAQ

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Why was Saburo's jest about the two hares considered offensive?
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43 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A film requiring patience with huge rewards for the viewer!, 26 July 2001
Author: smakawhat from Washington, DC

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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