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

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Credited cast:
Shigehiko Hasumi Shigehiko Hasumi ... Narration
Chris Marker ... narrator in the French version (voice)
Akira Kurosawa ... Himself
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Himself
Ishirô Honda Ishirô Honda ... Himself
Asakazu Nakai Asakazu Nakai ... Himself
Takao Saitô Takao Saitô ... Himself
Fumio Yanoguchi Fumio Yanoguchi ... Himself
Takeji Sano Takeji Sano ... Himself (as Takeharu Sano)
Teruyo Nogami Teruyo Nogami ... Herself
Fumisuke Okada Fumisuke Okada ... Himself (as Fumisake Okada)
Vittorio Dalle Ore Vittorio Dalle Ore ... Himself (as Vittorio)
Tôru Takemitsu Tôru Takemitsu ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masato Hara Masato Hara ... Himself
Shinobu Muraki Shinobu Muraki ... Himself
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A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself.

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France | Japan

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French | Japanese

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29 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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Akira Kurosawa See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The dialogue references Albert Camus' "Le mythe de Sisyphe". Instead of "Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux." it says "Il faut imaginer sensei heureux." There is also a reference to Sisyphos' rolling the stone up the hill. See more »

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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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The making of "Ran"
22 September 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

It's interesting to see a behind the scenes documentary on an art film instead of those gigantic spectacles showing every trick of an Hollywoodian flick, those we are fed constantly on home videos - a trend so worthy and so special that some directors even plan the DVD documentaries before the actual movie is completely made and/or hit the theaters. Chris Marker's "A.K." takes us on a small but enjoyable journey following the making of Akira Kurosawa's "Ran", one of his most accomplished films. Far from the Hollywood system, this is quite primitive if compared but very special in the way everything is made and composed - the main focus here was the exterior shots, the battle scenes and actors rehearsal, and there was plenty of those since actors weren't allowed to film their scenes repeatedly.

Visually extraordinary just like "Ran" was and the narration and the chapters were brilliantly presented. But I missed certain things: Akira, the Sensei (as he's called in here) doesn't speak about the film and the experience behind this labor of love that took him several years to convince investors to fund the film. But we have shots of him directing cast and crew, so controlled and so happy, a very atypical behavior coming from a director (he only lost his temper in one scene and it's so subtle that you won't notice, and even doing so he was a complete gentleman). And "A.K." forgets to mention how difficult it was the whole process to get to the point where the film was made, "Ran" almost wasn't made. Kurosawa's energy and effort were so significant that the Academy board of directors insisted on a future Oscar nomination for him as Best Director in 1986 and he made it to the final list.

With views exposed and the results achieved by the film (highly praised by critics and audiences but a box-office failure) in the years to come and "A.K." would be a better film. 8/10


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