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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) and
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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 »
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My third favorite Kurosawa film- deliberately paced (not painfully so), heavy on tragedy, and glorious in overall artistry See more (218 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)
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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:
The film used approximately 1400 extras (1400 suits of armor were fabricated, designed by Akira Kurosawa) and 200 horses. A number of the horses had to be imported from the United States. Kurosawa used the extras and horses so efficiently that when the film was ready for premiere, newspapers in Japan were reporting that thousands of extras and horses were used to stage the battles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the siege on the third castle, the corpse of one of Hidetora's guards suddenly shuts his eyes just before as a volley of arrows flies past him.See more »
Quotes:
Kyoami:Are there no gods... no Buddha? If you exist, hear me. You are mischievous and cruel! Are you so bored up there you must crush us like ants? Is it such fun to see men weep?
Tango:Enough! Do not blaspheme! It is the gods who weep. They see us killing each other over and over since time began. They can't save us from ourselves.
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Movie Connections:
Version of King Lear (1971)See more »

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106 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
My third favorite Kurosawa film- deliberately paced (not painfully so), heavy on tragedy, and glorious in overall artistry, 16 August 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I would agree with Ebert's review on a point, that Akira Kurosawa, legendary director of such samurai classics as Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Hidden Fortress, and Kagemusha, as well as human dramas like Rashomon, The Lower Depths, and Red Beard, could really best direct this film in his old age. There's something about his version of the doomed King Lear of Shakespeare, his Lord Hidetora Ichimonji that could be truly captured by someone in old age. Not to say that directors can't make great films when they're young, or in middle age, about a man in the dark days of the golden years (About Schmidt, Tokyo Story, Bob Le Flambeur, and Kurosawa's own Ikiru come to mind). But it's clear that Kurosawa must've seen or felt or understood at least an element of Hidetora's character, something that goes beyond tragedy that is stuck with all who are mortal.

At one point when Hidetora is in a wandering, dazed state he says "I am lost", to which his companion/caretaker Kyoami responds "Such is the human condition." Was Kurosawa lost as an artist and filmmaker as he tried to get his epic (which at the time of it's filming was the most expensive Japan had seen, and got some extra backing from outside European backers) off the page and onto celluloid? Hard to say, but the end result displays that even in his later days he could create a work so wonderful, so sad, so brutal, and so human that it will remain timeless. If Kurosawa deserves praise for look of the film, the pacing, the editing, every single painstakingly storyboarded (painted) shot, and his direction with the two battle sequences as well as with the quieter, more compelling scenes with the actors, the man who plays Hidetora deserves some as well (like any production of King Lear, including Godard's wild treatise with Burgess Meredith in the lead role, the actor is as important as the writer). Tatsuya Nakadai, who had roles in past Kurosawa films as a young man in Yojimbo (the gunslinger) and Sanjuro (the opponent), is awe-inspiring.

Early in the film, after a mind-shattering dream, his character decides to split up his kingdom unto his three sons (Jiro, Saburo, and getting the first castle and all control, Taro), he still feels in control, and has the look of a Lord with just the right level of stubbornness and, unfortunately, naivety. Then, as everything he owns crumbles before him, there is one scene that struck me as remarkable, and then for the rest of the film I couldn't take my eyes off of Nakadai whenever he was on screen. It involves the first battle sequence, in which one of his son's comes to take over a castle, and killing all of Hidetora's men. Look at Nakadai in the scene where he's sitting down stone-faced amid the chaos going on outside, and then as he somehow manages to walk out, the fellow soldiers making way for him. He then sees one of his sons, the betrayer, and he doesn't say a word- he's already decided that his son Taro has gone too far with his position, as he rules over his domain and scares the peasants right out of the picture- and he simply walks away, as his family continues to crumble under corruption of the mind and heart.

It's a sequence like that though, where the great Lord makes such a radical change, where Kurosawa and Nakadai have some of their greatest time ever on a screen. As the filmmaker treats the battle, up to a point, like a feudal-Japanese version of a Eisenstein battle (no talk, no sound effects, just the eerie, sorrowful score here applied by Toru Takemitsu) with devastation and visceral nature taken to a poetic, thoughtful level, the actor's eyes and body language are, well, indescribable almost. And if Nakadai gives the finest male performance of the film, credit is equally due to the pivotal female character, Lady Kaede (Mieko Harada), who is like a Lady Macbeth taken to the next level. This is a character that's seen Lord Ichimonji destroy his castle when she was young, and now that she has her son(s) right in the palm of her hand, she'll have her revenge in guise of ego-feeding.

I may not be able to recommend Ran on one level, despite it being on the painter's equivalent of a splendorous, seething portrait of royalty. Kurosawa takes his time telling the story, and to some it might even feel longer than his epic Seven Samurai. This is a work heavy on emotional nuance, on how the characters (in particular Hidetora) look unto their surroundings, how the presence of destruction and war and slayings are traumatic as opposed to being 'cool' in a stylistic way. If you're looking for a slam-bang action thriller look, elsewhere. But if you're looking for a mature film about life, death, loss, and the bonds that are kept within families, the mind, and how we accept and give forgiveness (a blind character named Lord Tsurumaru is stunning from a certain point of view), this is it. As well for the Shakespeare fan it's an absolute must-see, and it may even turn some onto Shakespeare's classic due to the fact that this film, much like Throne of Blood, contains none of the language style used in the source.

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