Play Dates

June 9        San Francisco, CA        BALBOA THEATER

August 3        Bryn Mawr, PA        BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE

Ran Play Dates

Illustration by Keiko Kimura


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
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: Japanes with English subtitles
Running Time: 162 minutes

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)

Thirty years after its original release, Studiocanal decided to restore Ran in 4K in collaboration with the Japanese company Kadokawa. In 1985, the production of the original film was possible thanks to a French-Japanese collaboration and 30 years later, Studiocanal and Kadokawa replicated this partnership to restore the film. Ran has been restored in 4K by the French laboratory Éclair, under Studiocanal's supervision. Based on an original negative, the majority of the restoration work was done manually, image by image. Color grading was approved by Masaharu Ueda, one of Ran's three cinematographers and a close associate of Kurosawa's.

Reviews and Quotes 2

— Elliott Stein, Village Voice

Time Out New York


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

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