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Ran is Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's King Lear. The Lear counterpart is an elderly 16th-century warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai), who announces that he's about to divide his kingdom equally among his three sons. In his dotage, he falls prey to the false flattery of his treacherous sons (Akira Terao and Jinpachi Nezu), while banishing his youngest son (Daisuke Ryu), the only member of the family who loves him enough to tell him the unvarnished truth. Thanks to his foolish pride, his domain collapses under its own weight as the sons battle… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ran is one of the cinema's greatest works, a film of true tragic vision."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A film for the ages."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The result is the year's best foreign film, an action epic to dwarf anything from Lucas or Spielberg."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"A stunningly beautiful epic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the supreme cinematic achievements of the last quarter-century."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ultimately it is this mixture of the grand gesture and the fine touch, the big world and the small people who occupy it, that lingers with us long after Ran is over."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Akira Kurosawa's Samurai take on King Lear is brutal but brilliant, a startling transposition to match his earlier Macbeth adap Throne Of Blood."
‑ , Total Film
"A landmark of world cinema, this is a rousing, staggering epic and a haunting drama of timeless significance."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Less a director's return to form than an essay in solipsism and self-pity run amok."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"By the time Kurosawa's camera comes to rest on the film's final, poignant image, a painting of the Buddha that one character had promised another would protect him from harm, the movie seemingly has accomplished the impossible: one-upping Shakespeare."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Visually exciting, includes outstanding acting by a fine cast, and tells a compelling tale about ambition, betrayal and revenge."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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