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A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself.


Chris Marker


Chris Marker




Credited cast:
Shigehiko Hasumi Shigehiko Hasumi ... Narration
Chris Marker ... narrator in the French version (voice)
Akira Kurosawa ... Self
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Self
Ishirô Honda ... Self
Asakazu Nakai Asakazu Nakai ... Self
Takao Saitô Takao Saitô ... Self
Fumio Yanoguchi Fumio Yanoguchi ... Self
Takeji Sano Takeji Sano ... Self (as Takeharu Sano)
Teruyo Nogami Teruyo Nogami ... Self
Fumisuke Okada Fumisuke Okada ... Self (as Fumisake Okada)
Vittorio Dalle Ore Vittorio Dalle Ore ... Self (as Vittorio)
Tôru Takemitsu Tôru Takemitsu ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masato Hara Masato Hara ... Self
Shinobu Muraki Shinobu Muraki ... Self


A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself.

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Chris Marker: [narrating] In this kind of shooting, the first pitfall to avoid is appropriating a beauty that does not belong to us - to play up the lovely, backlit shot. Of course, some of that borrowed beauty will come through anyway, but we shall try to show what we see the way we see it, from *our* eye-level.
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22 November 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A documentary that shows the production of "Ran" and discusses the film techniques of Akira Kurosawa himself.

This documentary is not necessarily great in itself, as it may mean very little to those not otherwise familiar with its subject, but serves as a wonderful supplement for the movie "Ran". Anyone who loves "Ran" or Kurosawa's work will certainly get something more out of seeing the actors and director at work when the cameras are not rolling. Well, the cameras are still rolling... but different cameras.

Coming from Chris Marker, it is no surprise that even a simple making-of documentary would have some artistic license. He shows some footage via a television set, and some audio via a tape recorder, rather than incorporated into the documentary itself. Clever or pretentious? Who knows?

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29 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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