Ran (1985)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Akira Kurosawa's sprawling, epic take on King Lear should be required viewing for fans of westerns, war movies, or period films in general.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Ran is one of the cinema's greatest works, a film of true tragic vision.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

A film for the ages.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

The result is the year's best foreign film, an action epic to dwarf anything from Lucas or Spielberg.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

One of the supreme cinematic achievements of the last quarter-century.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Total Film

Akira Kurosawa's Samurai take on King Lear is brutal but brilliant, a startling transposition to match his earlier Macbeth adap Throne Of Blood.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Less a director's return to form than an essay in solipsism and self-pity run amok.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Visually exciting, includes outstanding acting by a fine cast, and tells a compelling tale about ambition, betrayal and revenge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
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