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  • Trailer for Ran: 4k Restoration

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Cast

  • Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Akira Terao
  • Jinpachi Nezu
  • Daisuke Ryû
  • Mieko Harada
  • Yoshiko Miyazaki
  • Hisashi Igawa
  • Pîtâ
  • Masayuki Yui
  • Kazuo Katô

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Akira Kurosawa began writing the film 10 years before its release and said that it wasn't originally meant to be based on Shakespeare's "King Lear" but came to that during the writing process.
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Goofs

  • During the first scene (while the Land Lord and his sons are hunting wild boars) the first shot that shows every single wild boar running in front of the camera is probably a single shot of the same wild boar repeated 3 times.
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Quotes

    • Tango: Men prefer sorrow over joy... suffering over peace!
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Metacritic

95

The Japanese title means chaos, and that is what is let loose when a powerful king foolishly tries to release the reins of power, in the hopes of enjoying a peaceful old age.

Metacritic review by F. X. Feeney
F. X. Feeney
Mr. Showbiz
100

Ran is a great, glorious achievement.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

The physical scale of Ran is overwhelming. It's almost as if Kurosawa is saying to all the cassette buyers of America, in a play on Clint Eastwood`s phrase, Go ahead, ruin your night--wait to see my film on a small screen and cheat yourself out of what a movie can be.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune