Ran

Japan, 1985

Film
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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”.

Credits

director

Akira Kurosawa

co-producer

Masato Haro

Serge Silberman

Language

Japanese

Duration

02:33:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

35960

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Japan

Foreign language films

Literature → Literature

Literature → Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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