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One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. His final masterpiece, RAN has been beautifully restored in 4k, approved by Director of Photography Shôji Ueda.

A reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in feudal Japan, RAN tells the story of Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya 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 Ryû – Tôno Monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). This leads to a brutal and bloody war between the brothers for absolute power of the kingdom.

Extras:

  • A.K. – Feature Length Chris Marker Documentary On Akira Kurosawa
  • Interview With The Director Of Photography – Shôji Ueda
  • Interview With Ms Mieko Harada
  • Interview With Michael Brooke – Author/Journalist
  • Stage Appearance At Tokyo International Film Festival 2015
  • Ran: The Restoration
studio:
StudioCanal
Run Time:
160 mins approx
Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Tatsuya Nakadai

Akira Terao

Jinpachi Nezu

Daisuke Ryû
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1985
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
A

B

C
Brand:
StudioCanal

Ran (Vintage World Cinema) - 4K Ultra HD

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. His final masterpiece, RAN has been beautifully restored in 4k, approved by Director of Photography Shôji Ueda.

A reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in feudal Japan, RAN tells the story of Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya 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 Ryû – Tôno Monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). This leads to a brutal and bloody war between the brothers for absolute power of the kingdom.

Extras:

  • A.K. – Feature Length Chris Marker Documentary On Akira Kurosawa
  • Interview With The Director Of Photography – Shôji Ueda
  • Interview With Ms Mieko Harada
  • Interview With Michael Brooke – Author/Journalist
  • Stage Appearance At Tokyo International Film Festival 2015
  • Ran: The Restoration
studio:
StudioCanal
Run Time:
160 mins approx
Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Tatsuya Nakadai

Akira Terao

Jinpachi Nezu

Daisuke Ryû
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1985
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
A

B

C
Brand:
StudioCanal

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Overall Rating : 4.8 / 5 (5 Reviews)
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Ran 4K UHD

The new release is definitely an improvement on Studiocanal's Blu-ray. The colours, especially the greens, looked teal on the Blu-ray, but this problem has been fixed on the UHD.

Ran 4K

Working my way through Kurosawa's filmography, this one is great and the 4K presentation is fantastic and definitely worth the purchase, highly recommend.

A masterpiece in 4K

Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Ran has never looked better. The new 4K disc from Studio Canel is a must own.

Kurosawa at his best

This is probably the great man's second greatest work after Seven Samurai.Stunning set pieces,location and sets.Kurosawa had a way of bringing out the best in his cast and this is no exception,every character is well played with some stunning performances.His use of location a sets along with the now famous use of the silences in the dialogue makes this film a masterpiece of Japanese,indeed any cinema making event.A must for anyone interested in masterclass movie making

Only Get It If You Don't Already Own Ran

This sadly appears to be little different from the blu ray release preceding it, and doesn't appear to have benefited from much of an upgrade. I would say that this film is most definitely worth watching and indeed owning, and if you don't already have it on blu ray then do go for this release. However, if you have the blu ray release, make peace with that version and leave it there because you won't get much better than that!

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