1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Wiki


#755. Ran

  • Year: 1985
  • Country: Japan/France
  • Language: Japanese
  • Production: Greenwich, Herald Ace, Nippon Herald, 160m
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Producer: Katsumi Furukawa, Serge Silberman, Masato Hara, Hisao Kurosawa
  • Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide, from play by William Shakespeare
  • Photography: Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saitō, Masaharu Ueda
  • Music: Tōru Takemitsu
  • Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada
  • Oscar Wins: Best Costume Design
  • Oscar Noms: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction

Abridged Book Description

Ran was made at the time Akira Kurosawa was turning 75 years of age. It is important to understand the wisdom and artistry that those years brought to the creation of this film, quite possibly one of the greatest ever made... Kurosawa is unsurpassed in his mastery of film technique, and Ran's battle sequences are unequaled to this day. They are like a cinematic ballet, violent and bloody yet filled with tremendous beauty... Ran displays the wisdom of a lifetime in a "mere" two hours and forty minutes, during which time itself is simply suspended.