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One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kursawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. His final masterpiece, RAN has been beautifully restored in 4k for the first time.
A reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in feudal Japan, Ran tells the story of Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an aging warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his Kingdom amongst his three sons Taro (Akira Terao - Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu - Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe).
When Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and when his servant Tango comes to Saburo's defense, he banishes both of them. This allows Taro and Jiro to take charge, unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle for the absolute power of the warlord.
Akira Kurosawa: The Epic and The Intimate
Akira Kurosawa by Catherine Cadou
Art of the Samurai
Interview with the Director of Photography - Mr Ueda
Interview with Micheal Brooke
Interview with Ms Mieko Harada
Stage appereance at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015
Set of 4 artcards and booklet
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17.2 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm; 200 Grams
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Studiocanal
- ASIN : B01BF2766W
- Number of discs : 2
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This Blu Ray from Studio Canal offers a very good, clear picture. The remaster perhaps goes a little too far on DNR, which is noticeable in some scenes, but its not a deal breaker. Overall its still a stunning looking picture, which is great for a film with such vibrant colours.