Akira Kurosawa's brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear magically mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty in the epic masterpiece, Ran. Set in 16th century Japan, Ran relates the tale of how an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai), announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. Hidetora's decision to step down unleashes a power struggle among the three heirs when he falls prey to the false flattery bestowed upon him by the two older sons and banishes the youngest for speaking the truth. That ruthless betrayal ultimately drives Hidetora insane, destroying his entire family and kingdom. Deep human emotion and outstanding acting combine to create one of the most acclaimed foreign films of all time.
Well I have to confess that I have seen many Shakespeare plays but not King Lear; so this is not a comparison review. Read morePublished 24 months ago by B. Chandler
I'm not going to talk about how great the film is - in short, it's one of my all-time favourite movies; movie - 5/5. Read morePublished on April 15 2013 by T. Stamatis
I just wonder if you have DVD's for the movies: 'RAN' and 'KAGEMUSHA' other than Blue Ray. I'm pretty sure these movies are good based on the comments from my friends who watched... Read morePublished on April 27 2012 by Hugh
In my Opinion RAN is Akira Kurosawa's best film, the pomp and majesty of fuedal Japan, the battle scenes and excellant acting make this a spectacular event, well worth watching... Read morePublished on April 22 2012 by tottenham46
I always loved Kurosawa's epic interpretation of King Lear set in Feudal Japan, and now this vivid imagery is more gorgeous than ever on blu-ray. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2010 by Cheryl
"Ran" is the first film I've watched by Akira Kurosawa. Now I'm a huge fan of his work thanks to my Amazonian friends who had already seen it. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
The story line is superb ... the scenery is stunning and gorgeous, vast mountains and green valleys, walled castles and fortresses. Read morePublished on June 15 2006 by Erika Borsos
People who care about grandiloquent visuals yet a controlled palette accentuated by the immemorable use of sound -- or, in one major battle scene, the absence of the sounds of the... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Nearly Nubile
This movie is terrible. I bought it expecting a good action epic with lots of battles and sword fights. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Sean