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: June 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% 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.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Its true power is found in the small moments.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

One can never be short of things to look at while Kurasawa's Ran is in the world.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

This is one of the year's major cinematic events. It's well worth leaving the house for, should that opportunity arise.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times

Ran is high classical tragedy several times over.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Ran remains gripping because it depicts not only the long-ago past, but also our hellish present.

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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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Ben Nicholson

It's the intimacy of even the most gargantuan conflict that hits home in Kurosawa's masterful hands.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
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At 75 years old, Kurosawa delivers this epic and breathtaking cinematic spectacle of disgrace and tragedy falling upon mortal men, a grandiose production with… More
Reid Volk
"Men prefer sorrow over joy, suffering over peace." Simply put: When an aging father gives various portions of his empire to his sons, let's just… More
Dan Schultz
An epic retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear", detailing the actions of a ruthless king (Tatsuya Nakadai) and how his good intentions of… More
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After a lifetime of conquest, ageing Lord Hidetora hands the reigns of power to his eldest son, but banishes his youngest when he questions the loyalty of his… More
Alex roy
Akira Kurosawa's Ran is a brilliant, sweeping picture using plenty of themes for build an incredible story. Greed and revenge are the themes explored in… More
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