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10,968 Ratings


Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, France, 1985
Action, Drama


A reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear as a historical epic set in sixteenth century Japan. When a Lord abdicates to his three sons, two turn against him. An examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of a family under the weight of betrayal, greed and power.

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Ran Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1986 | Winner: Best Costume Design

1986 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

Independent Spirit Awards

1986 | Nominee: Special Distinction Award

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1985 | Winner: OCIC Award

From its opening tableau to the cosmic closing image of sightless humanity at the edge of the abyss, Ran is a work of cold anger and stark splendor.
June 14, 2013
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The greatest nihilistic film in the history of movies. No other director of Kurosawa’s age has ever released a statement of such magisterial, uncompromising bleakness, and no other director has made destruction seem so inevitable, so esthetic, so seductive.
December 20, 1985
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Deliberately nonemphathetic (albeit occasionally sentimental), Ran is quieter and more controlled than Kagemusha. What’s striking is how close to silent cinema it is
July 23, 1985
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