Ran: Digitally Restored (1985)
Sunday 24th April 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.