Ran Film Still

Ran

Akira Kurosawa

 
Ran (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • Japan
  • 1985
  • 160 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #316

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.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
  • An appreciation of the film by director Sidney Lumet
  • A.K., a 74-minute film by director Chris Marker
  • A 30-minute documentary on the making of Ran, from the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • A 35-minute video piece reconstructing Ran through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches, created as part of the series Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity
  • Video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Wilmington and interviews with Kurosawa and composer Toru Takemitsu

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Ran: Apocalypse Song

By Michael WilmingtonNovember 21, 2005

Ran is the late masterpiece and testament of a great director contemplating his own twilight— . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Ran: Apocalypse Song

By Michael WilmingtonNovember 21, 2005

Ran is the late masterpiece and testament of a great director contemplating his own twilight— . . . Read more »