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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 29 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Greatest Shakespeare Film See more (220 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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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:
Akira Kurosawa began writing the film 10 years before its release and said that it wasn't originally meant to be based on "King Lear", but came to that during the writing process.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the first scene (while the Land Lord and his sons are hunting wild boars) the first shot that shows every single wild boar running in front of the camera is probably a single shot of the same wild boar repeated 3 times.See more »
Quotes:
Hidetora:What madness have I spoken? Wherein lies my senility?
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji:I'll tell you. What kind of world do we live in? One barren of loyalty and feeling.
Hidetora:I'm aware of that.
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji:So you should be! You spilled an ocean of blood. You showed no mercy, no pity. We too are children of this age... weaned on strife and chaos. We are your sons, yet you count on our fidelity. In my eyes, that makes you a fool. A senile old fool!
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Movie Connections:
Version of King Lear (1999)See more »

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106 out of 120 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Shakespeare Film, 31 March 2004
Author: Edward Choi (Elendil87) from New York, NY

Throughout his career Kurosawa strove to achieve what he called "real cinema", proclaiming that "in all [his] films, there's [only] three or four minutes" of such quality. Many would argue that he was his greatest critic. For if not in "Seven Samurai", then definitely in "Ikiru" and if not in "High and Low", then definitely in "Rashomon" he must have achieved this plateau of greatness. Well, if not in any of his other films, then definitely in "Ran" Kurosawa finally came to the apex of cinematic artistry. With the both lyrical and grandiose tone of its craft, its beautifully spare imagery, its haunting score by Toru Takemitsu, and its lead Tatsuya Nakadai's masterful understated performance, "Ran" is perhaps the most fully realized epic ever made.

The tale, which is an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear", begins as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji and his court are out hunting. During a break in the hunt, Hidetora proclaims his adbication from the hight seat of the Great Lord and bestows his lands unto his three sons, dividing them up equally. He declares his oldest to be his successor in power. When his youngest son and one of his faithful nobles, express their concerns on this idea, Hidetora foolishly banishes them both, mistaking their advice as insolence. With this opening scene, the peaces are aligned and soon 'chaos' as the film is aptly named will break out throughout the land. From here, we see the downfall of Hidetora and all those who surround him. The film retains all the themes of the original play, but also thanks to Kurosawa's own input addresses a slew of even more varied ideas. Like Shakespeare, Kurosawa is greatly interested in the responsibility of the leader and the hypocrisies and ironies of an autocratic system. The most obvious though not the central theme in the whole film is war, and Kurosawa explores this theme to its full extent throughout the film. In perhaps the most grandiose battle scene every filmed, he demonstrates the destructive consequences and the paradoxical beauty of conflict.

Here, Kurosawa implements the camera with masterful skill not once employing the editing/photography tricks and gimmicks so often seen in films (even the good ones) today. This director has an awareness of the past and the history of film, but also the creative spontaneity of a true genius. In "Ran", he focuses on the more methodically simple yet artistically complex montage of Eisenstein, and on the strict compositions of Ozu. He employs the most basic and yet most artistic of techniques. Each shot is planned to precision, and each cut is made for a purpose. The coreagraphy and blocking of each scene is simple and powerful, and Kurosawa allows the actors to play out these scenes without the intrusion of the camera or the editor. Thus, the director prevents the style from eclipsing the already powerful material he has to work with. Simply put, "Ran" is a masterpiece that flows and develops like an opera, from its forebodingly peaceful ouverture to its bloody Shakespearean heart until its final, quietly subdued, and sorrowful denouement.

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