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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.
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What is weaker about the transfer, however, is the audio. Studio's canal's 5.1 (Japanese) audio track sounds quite clear overall. Again, in comparing Criterion's Kagemusha, this audio is decent at best. Studio Canal's Ran has audio which never "pops" as it should during the battle scenes, with clear, loud sound effects for the gunshots, and neither is the music projected as loudly and clearly as it should. The audio on the Criterion DVD of Ran may in fact be stronger than it is on this blu ray. Audio - 3/5
Studio Canal's Ran is still a must-buy for those who love the film. Because it's a blu ray, it's a step above the Ran Criterion transfer. It's a great shame that Criterion lost the rights to releasing Ran on blu ray just a month before they were going to release it, but Studio Canal's version isn't a bad compromise either for those who want to own Ran on blu ray.
Despite the absence of the incredible Toshiro Mifune, I highly recommend this DVD.
for world cinema and beyond,this is the sort of movie that would make you go,okay hold on now
this is actually true,never give people power that can't be handle in the most appropriate manner,
most of the time it usually doesn't work,
I will give you the players of this fine movie,
"Lord. Hidetora Ichimonji [Tatsuya Nakadai]
"Taro. Takatora Ichimonji [Akria Terao]
"Jiro. Masatora Ichimonji [Jinpachi Nezu]
"Saburo. Naotora Ichimonji [Daisuke Ryu]
"Lady Sué. [Yoshiko Miyazaki]
Shuri Kurogane. [Hisashi Igawa]
Set in 16th century Japan "Ran" relates to the tale of an aging old ruler, Lord Hidetora who announces
his intention to step down from power and divide his land to his three sons, who in turn gives him
nothing but grieve,that eventually sent him stirring mad,
even though the fake blood was really really bad in the movie I still enjoyed it,
as perplex as I was about the the one scene in the movie, when Lord Hidetora went to one of his sons
castle he had to bow to his wife, now I'm not a bigamist, but I though in 16th Century Japan women were
just second class to men, just asking I really don't know,
now picture quality is good, but the Aspect Ratio seem very weird and not right.
Great Movie To Listen To The Words.Not Like Someone Here. Who Only Want Action.
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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 on Dec 3 2013 by Bernie
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
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
This film is undeniable the most notable adaptation of any work of William Shakespeare to the movie. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
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