Overall Rank: 218
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 176
Theatrical Release Date: 12/20/1985
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Daisuke Ryu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki
Plot: A lord who is dying, designiates his power to his three sons, two of try and turn against their father.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 12/25/2011
Ran is a film that channels perfectly the emotions found in Shakespeare's play - of greed, revenge, anger, and courage. The whole film looks like it takes place during a fog storm and carries a heavy atmosphere of melancholy that suits the plot and characters. Some of the most intense and wrenching battle scenes Kurosawa has ever captured are vividly portrayed here.
Sophie B. - wrote on 09/19/2007
I was pretty much riveted from start to finish. Sometimes this movie feels like a total assault on everything that we hold dear and believe in. However, it never feels depressingly negative. In fact It seems to be the work of an idealist with enormous vision.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/16/2012
It is the story of Lord Hidetora and his 3 sons Taro, Jiro, and Saburo. Taro has driven his father from the first castle. Hidetora visits his other son Jiro and likewise becomes disappointed. Taro orders his father to be banished. Screenplay was thought provoking with quotes from Hidetora – “We live in a dark world.” “Is this justice?” and from other characters - “They can't save us from ourselves.” “Men prefer sorrow over joy, suffering over peace. The score was haunting which was fitting for the mood of Hidetora’s situation. Themes of blasphemy, power, betrayal, sibling rivalry, virtues and vengeance were put in effect. Cinematography and locations of the shoot were splendid. The only qualms this reviewer had were the pacing and a bit of plot confusion. Ran maybe be somewhat …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/25/2012
After a lifetime of conquest, ageing Lord Hidetora hands the reigns of power to his eldest son, but banishes his youngest when he questions the loyalty of his two brothers. When Hidetora is betrayed as Saburo predicted, he is left to wander the desolate lands his armies had ravaged in earlier times. Ran was the last of Kurosawa's great epics for which he was forced to seek financial backing outside of Japan where he was considered too old-fashioned. It is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear and was clearly a very personal project for him. Unlike Lear, Hidetora is shown as a man repenting his past crimes, and on his wandering is constantly reminded of the life of conquest and butchery he had led up until this point. In fact everyone involved whose interests are in power and …
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