Set in 16th century Japan, an ageing ruler, Lord Hidetora attempts to peacefully divide his hard-won Kingdom among his three sons. Then ruthless ambition, evil plots woven by scheming advisers, and Hidetora’s own past savagery combine to spawn a whirlwind of chaos. It drives the old man insane, shatters his Kingdom and destroys his family. A visually extraordinary weaving of plot strands from “King Lear” with a Japanese folk legend. “Ran” translates as “Chaos”.