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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... See more »

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Lord Hidetora Ichimonji
Akira Terao ...
Taro Takatora Ichimonji
Jiro Masatora Ichimonji
Daisuke Ryû ...
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji
Lady Kaede
Lady Sue
Shuri Kurogane
Kyoami (as Peter)
Masayuki Yui ...
Tango Hirayama
Kazuo Katô ...
Kageyu Ikoma
Norio Matsui ...
Shumenosuke Ogura
Toshiya Ito ...
Mondo Naganuma
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
Ryûjirô Oki
Hanbei Kawai
Ryo Nagasawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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

Written by

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

Music by

Tôru Takemitsu

Cinematography by

Asakazu Nakai
Takao Saitô
Shôji Ueda

Film Editing by

Akira Kurosawa

Editorial Department

Hideto Aga ... assistant editor
Hajime Ishihara ... assistant editor
Ryûsuke Ôtsubo ... assistant editor

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
Fumisuke Okada ... assistant director (as Fumisake Okada)
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

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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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Revolt (World-wide, English title)
  • Nesantaika (Lithuania)
  • Ashoub (Iran, Persian title)
  • Ran - Os Senhores da Guerra (Portugal)
  • Ран (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 162 min
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Budget $11,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia "Ran," generally translated from the Japanese, means "chaos" or "revolt." See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in A.K. (1985). See more »
Quotes Kyoami: Man is born crying. When he has cried enough, he dies.
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