In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Hideo Oguni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Lord Hidetora Ichimonji
Akira Terao 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 (as Peter)
Masayuki Yui ... Tango Hirayama
Kazuo Katô Kazuo Katô ... Kageyu Ikoma
Norio Matsui Norio Matsui ... Shumenosuke Ogura
Toshiya Ito Toshiya Ito ... Mondo Naganuma
Kenji Kodama ... Samon Shirane
Takashi Watanabe Takashi Watanabe ... Fujimaki Clan general
Mansai Nomura ... Tsurumaru (as Takeshi Nomura)
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Storyline

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

During the siege on the third castle, the corpse of one of Hidetora's guards suddenly shuts his eyes just before a volley of arrows flies past him. See more »

Quotes

Tango: Men prefer sorrow over joy... suffering over peace!
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Version of King Lear (2008) See more »

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Very well made
13 April 2003 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

One of the last great films directed by Akira Kurosawa. A father gives his land and his power to his three sons. They turn against each other and against their father.

Based on Shakespeare's King Lear 'Ran' is a very good film. It was very expensive and you can see that. Over ten years Kurosawa was busy on this project and in 1985 it was finally there. Very well made, with beautiful costumes, music and cinematography, a great direction and some good performances. Although I think Kurosawa has done better ('Rashomon', 'Ikiru', 'Yojimbo' and of course 'Shichinin no Samurai') 'Ran' definitely belongs to his best.


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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 June 1985 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ran See more »

Filming Locations:

Aso, Kumamoto, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,567, 2 July 2000

Gross USA:

$4,135,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,164,283
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Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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