About

With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare's King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is Kurosawa's late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.

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Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Written by

Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay)
Hideo Oguni (Screenplay)
William Shakespeare (Writer)
Masato Ide (Writer)

Runtime

160 minutes

Country

Japan, France

Language

Japanese

Tagline

The Greatest Shakespeare Film

Cast

Keywords

revenge epic blood gun assassination castle greed seppuku power kingdom hopelessness ruins heir to the throne descent into madness inheritance fight feudal japan black widow king lear

Photos

Lists

#133 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#190 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#283 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#98 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire

Awards

Oscar for Best Costume Design Emi Wada

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Yoshirô Muraki Shinobu Muraki

Oscar nomination for Best Director Akira Kurosawa

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography Asakazu Nakai Takao Saitô Shôji Ueda