D: Akira Kurosawa
Toho / Herald Ace / Nippon Herald / Greenwich Film Productions (Masato Hara & Serge Silberman)
Japan/France 🇯🇵 🇫🇷 1985
W: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni & Masato Ide [based on the play “King Lear” by William Shakespeare]
DP: Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda & Asakazu Nakai
Ed: Akira Kurosawa
Mus: Toru Takemitsu
Tatsuya Nakadai (Ichimonji Hidetora), Akira Terao (Ichimonji Takatora), Jinpachi Nezu (Ichimonji Masatora), Daisuke Ryu (Ichimonji Naotora), Mieko Harada (Lady Kaede)
Akira Kurosawa’s take on Shakespeare’s King Lear, relocated to medieval Japan where an ageing warlord retires and relinquishes his empire to his three sons, who each become
corrupted with power, turning on each other as well as himself.
Whilst Ran isn’t quite of the high calibre of Akira Kurosawa’s best work (Seven Samurai), it’s easily the best film of his late career and the last great film he made.
The cinematography, costume and production design are exquisite, and it does a brilliant job adapting a work of classic Shakespearean literature to a novel setting.