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Ran: Digitally Restored (1985)

Sunday 24th April 2016

One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kursawa's final masterpiece, Ran has been beautifully restored in 4k and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2nd May 2016 courtesy of StudioCanal.
Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada
Akira Kurosawa
Masato Hara, Serge Silberman
StudioCanal
2 hours 35 minutes
02/05/2016

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 and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2nd May 2016 courtesy of StudioCanal.

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.

  • AK - Feature length Chris Marker documentary on Akira Kursawa
  • Interview with the director of photography - Mr Ueda
  • Interview with Ms Mieko Harada
  • Interview with Michael Brooke
  • Stage Apperance at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015
  • Ran: The Restoration

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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