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Ran Details

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Ran is Japanese filmmaker [[Performer~P98309~Akira Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]]'s reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's King Lear. The Lear counterpart is an elderly 16th-century warlord ([[Performer~P51757~Tatsuya Nakadai~tatsuyanakadai]]), who announces that he's about to divide his kingdom equally among his three sons. In his dotage, he falls prey to the false flattery of his treacherous sons ([[Performer~P70281~Akira Terao~akiraterao]] and [[Performer~P52485~Jinpachi Nezu~jinpachinezu]]), while banishing his youngest son ([[Performer~P62471~Daisuke Ryu~daisukeryu]]), the only member of the family who loves him enough to tell him the unvarnished truth. Thanks to his foolish pride, his domain collapses under its own weight as the sons battle each other over total control. [[Performer~P98309~Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]]'s first film in five years, Ran had been in the planning stages for twice that long; [[Performer~P98309~Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]] had storyboarded the project with a series of vivid color paintings that have since been published in book form in England. The battle scenes are staged with such brutal vigor that it's hard to imagine that the director was 75 years old at the time. This 160-minute historical epic won several international awards, but it was not a hit in Japan, and it would be five more years before [[Performer~P98309~Kurosawa~akirakurosawa]] would be able to finance another picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 1, 1985

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Hideo Oguni Best Adaptation 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Masaharu Ueda Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Masaharu Ueda Best Cinematography 1987 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Masato Ide Best Adaptation 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Asakazu Nakai Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shinobu Muraki Best Art Direction 1985 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Shinobu Muraki Best Production Design 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Takao Saito Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tameyuki Aimi Makeup Award 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Yoshiro Muraki Best Art Direction 1985 Nominee
National Board of Review Akira Kurosawa Best Director 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Akira Kurosawa Best Director 1985 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Akira Kurosawa Best Foreign Film 1985 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Toru Takemitsu Best Music Score 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emi Wada Best Costume Design 1985 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Emi Wada Best Costume Design 1986 Nominee

Cast

Tatsuya Nakadai
as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji
Akira Terao
as Tarotakatora Ichimonji
Jinpachi Nezu
as Jiromasatora Ichimonji
Daisuke Ryu
as Saburonaotora Ichimonji
Mieko Harada
as Lady Kaede
Yoshiko Miyazaki
as Lady Sue
Hisashi Igawa
as Kurogane
Masayuki Yui
as Tango
Hitoshi Ueki
as Fujimaki
Toshiya Ito
as Naganuma
Kenji Kodama
as Shirane
Norio Matsui
as Ogura
Jun Tazaki
as Ayabe
Daisuke Oka
Takeshi Kato
as Hatakeyama
Takeshi Nomura
as Tsurumaru

Crew

Akira Kurosawa
Director
Serge Silberman
Producer
Masato Hara
Producer
Masato Ide
Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriter
Hideo Oguni
Screenwriter
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Masaharu Ueda
Cinematographer
Takao Saito
Cinematographer
Asakazu Nakai
Cinematographer
Toru Takemitsu
Composer (Music Score)
Akira Kurosawa
Editor
Shinobu Muraki
Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki
Production Designer
Yasuyoshi Ototake
Set Designer
Tsuneo Shimura
Set Designer
Mitsuyuki Kimura
Set Designer
Emi Wada
Costume Designer
Serge Silberman
Presented by
Noriko Takamizawa
Makeup
Shohichiro Ueda
Makeup
Tameyuki Aimi
Makeup
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