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Ran [Blu-ray]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • RAN was released in 1985. The film had a theatrical rerelease for its 15th anniversary on August 18, 2000 (NY/LA/SEATTLE); fall 2000 (WIDER) RAN was shot on location in Japan at Himeji Castle, Kumamoto Castle, and Nagoya Castle, in the cities of Gotemba, Kokonoe, and Shonai. Interior scenes were shot at Toho Studios and also at Kurosawa's own studio in Yokohama. Mount Aso, where many of the mountain and plains sequences were shot, is an active volcano on the island of Kyushu. Kurosawa employed roughly 1,400 extras and 250 horses for the film's enormous battle scenes. Many of the extras were enthusiastic locals from nearby towns. Utilizing his famous multicamera method, Kurosawa shot the film simultaneously from different angles using three cameras with various-size lenses. The film's visuals are strongly influenced by Noh drama. Lord Hidetora's makeup, for example, alludes to ancient Noh tradition, with his face painted to appear as either "akijo," a demon mask, or "shiwajo," the mask of a sorrow-filled elderly wanderer. In addition to KING LEAR, RAN is also partially based on the 16th-century Japanese legend of Mori, a warlord with three loyal sons. In one of the film's first scenes, Kurosawa presents Mori's story of the three arrows, supposedly unbreakable when held together. Here the director examines what might happen if all three sons were not loyal and the arrows could be broken. With its similar themes and the same leading actor (Tatsuya Nakadai), Kurosawa's previous film, KAGEMUSHA, was considered a "dry-run" for RAN. RAN cost $11.5 million to film. RAN was the winner of the 1985 New York Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Film and the 1985 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film.

    Academy Awards Best Costume Design 1985

  • Credits
    Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Sweeping..." -- Recommended

    "...Kurosawa directs RAN with the easy grace that comes of a lifetime's experience..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Brisk and vital, elegiac and contemplative, intimate and epic, tragic yet shot through with humor. It combines the energy of youth with the perspective of maturity..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The film is visually magnificent. Kurosawa refined everything he learned about battle scenes in KAGEMUSHA and the earlier samurai epics..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...A deft switch on Shakespeare's King Lear....[A] stirring epic about familial deceit..."
    USA Today

    "The film] still packs a punch 19 years after its original release."

    "Transposing King Lear to feudal Japan, Akira Kurosawa delivers this visual feast of Shakespeare, No theater, and action epics."
    Entertainment Weekly

    Ranked #9 in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten DVDs Of The Year -- "With his last great masterpiece, Akira Kurosawa accomplished the remarkable -- improving upon Shakespeare."
    Entertainment Weekly

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Intimate and epic, beautiful and savage, RAN glides between astonishing action sequences and forceful drama..."
    Total Film

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