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Ran -- Akira Kurosawa's brilliantly conceived re-telling of Shakespeare's King Lear magically mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty in the masterpiece, RAN. Set in 16th century Japan Lord Hidetora, announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. Hidetora's decision to step down unleashes a power struggle between the three heirs.
Ran -- Trailer for the 25th Anniversary release of Akira Kurosawa's classic film
Ran -- An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.


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Release Date:
1 June 1985 (Japan) See more »
An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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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162 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Japan:R | Netherlands:16 | 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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The film used approximately 1400 extras and 200 horses. 1400 suits of armor (designed by Akira Kurosawa himself) were fabricated and 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 »
Continuity: During the battle at the third castle, there is a sequence where Hidetora emerges from the castle at the top of a flight of stairs and confronts enemy soldiers ascending the stairs. When he retreats, his bodyguards suddenly appear and retreat with him, even though they were not present moments earlier.See more »
Tango:Men prefer sorrow over joy... suffering over peace!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of King Lear (2008) (TV)See more »


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66 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Jester and Warlord, 3 November 2005
Author: zolaaar from Berlin, GER

'Ran' is the Japanese word for chaos, riot, dissension. Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece is indeed a feast of destruction and perdition, charged with symbols and powerful in pictures like it is found very rarely in today's cinema.

The dusky story is based on Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. In the film a Japanese warlord celebrates his own downfall. Kurosawa devised this with a radical film language which works with certain imageries of colors, rapid cut sequences and a sophisticated sound design. When the colorful flags of the different armies get intermixed in a battle, when the peacefully quiet wind (which carries the soundtrack) swells to a raving storm or when long wide shots suddenly segue into shots of details that follow hot on each other's heels then you realize Kurosawa's incredible style which deeply influenced the cinema worldwide.

The drawings of the characters are equally terrific. Hidetora's jester is for a certain reason always at the side of the warlord. Their relationship alters as the film continues: Jester and warlord change their roles which makes it hard to distinguish both. Just as the sky turns from blue to grey with dark clouds, the violent past of Hidetora is catching up the aging lord. His trail of murder and predation is not forgotten, the brutally conquered land still carries the old scarves of war and exploitation which now burst out again.

The viewer can take this monumental work as a warning to the destructive power of war, which is even decades later at present and beset those who seed the violence.

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