Ran

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Released 1985

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Released:
1985
Rating:
R
Ran is a 1985 epic film from famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, based on Shakespeare's King Lear and the legends of the Japanese feudal lord, Mori Motonori. The story concerns Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai), an aging tyrant in feudal Japan, who plans to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three sons: eldest son Taro (Akira Terao), middle son Jiro (Jinpachi), and the youngest son, Saburo (Daisuke Ryu). After Saburo hears his father's plans, he protests and warns his father that this will never work. He explains that Hidetora gained his kingdom through violent and treacherous means, and that same unquenchable thirst for power will affect his brothers. Insulted, Hidetora banishes Saburo and divides the kingdom among the two eldest brothers. As Saburo predicted, though, the two brothers scheme to gain the upper hand over their father, as well as each other, egged on by Taro's manipulative wife, Lady Kaeda (Mieko Harada). Ran was the winner of the 1985 Academy Award for best costume design and was the most expensive Japanese film ever made up to that point.moreless

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Historical, Foreign Language