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Illustration by Keiko Kimura

About

France/Japan, 1985
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Serge Silberman, Masatao Hara
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Mieko Harada
Screenwriter: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide
Cinematography: Takao Saitô, Masaharu Ueda, Asakazu Nakai
Music: Tôru Takemitsu
Genre: Drama, Action
Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: Japanes with English subtitles
Running Time: 162 minutes

Synopsis:
Akira Kurosawa’s Academy Award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Ran considers the disastrous consequences of Lord Hidetora Ichimonji’s (Tatsuya Nakadai) decision to split his kingdom among his three sons.

Awards and Recognition:
Best Costume Design (Academy Awards, 1986)
Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration nominations (Academy Awards, 1986)
Best Production Design, Best Music Score (Japanese Academy Awards, 1986)
Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor nominations (Japanese Academy Awards, 1986)
Special award to producer Masato Hara (Japanese Academy Awards, 1986)
Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film (National Board of Review, 1985)
Best Foreign Language Film (New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1985)
Best Film, Best Cinematography (National Society of Film Critics Awards, 1986)
Best Foreign Film nomination (Golden Globes, 1986)
Best Foreign Language Film, Best Make-Up Artist (BAFTA Awards, 1987)
Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design nominations (BAFTA Awards, 1987)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"AWE INSPIRING!"
— Elliott Stein, Village Voice

"KUROSAWA'S MAGISTERIAL EPIC DEMANDS VIEWING ON THE BIG SCREEN!"
Time Out New York

 

"The most intimate of epics or the most epic of chamber pieces."
L Magazine

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