SYNOPSIS

Akira Kurosawa’s view of life was never a very optimistic one, but with the years he became one of the true pessimists of the screen, and the difference between a movie from his early career such as Ikiru and is next-to-last Ran is obvious: in Ran (based off of Shakespeare’s King Lear), fathers will betray sons, sons will betray fathers, wives will betray husbands and so on, and no one will ever show mercy, and in case someone shows it, it will be useless amongst the nightmarish chaos of the human experience. Kurosawa judges humanity, finds it guilty, and convicts it to hell on earth. But he does it with such passion, such rigor and, especially, such visual strength that he leaves you no option other than look down and accept the judgement. In Ran it seems that the possibilities of the film art are in a continuous explosion, that Kurosawa reached the peak of his art to say his final word about life. One may agree or not with such a hopeless position, but the film’s undeniable ability to impress and not just provoke, but almost force thought will surely captivate you and leave you with a strange, mixed feeling of exhaustion, emptiness and fulfilment.


TRAILER


RELEASE DATE

January 01, 1986

DIRECTOR

Akira Kurosawa

WRITER

Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni

COMPANY

Optimum Releasing

GENRE

Action, Drama, War

CERT

15

RUNTIME

106 minutes

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