Naotora Ichimonji [Daisuke Ryu] "Lady Sué. [23] The running time of the soundtrack is just over an hour and was re-released in 2016 after its original release in 1985 by Silva Screen productions. Featuring Tatsuya Nakadai in his first major role in a Kurosawa movie, and with innovative photography by Kazuo Miyagawa (who shot Rashomon) and Takao Saito, the film premiered in April 1961 and was a critically and commercially successful venture, earning more than any previous Kurosawa film. Eventually Tango appears with provisions but to no avail. [16] In Ran, Lady Kaede, Lady Sué, and Tsurumaru were all victims of Hidetora. Tatsuya Nakadai is a shining star of post-war Japan. Kurosawa loved filming in lush and expansive locations, and most of Ran was shot amidst the mountains and plains of Mount Aso, Japan's largest active volcano. In analogy to Shakespeare, Kurosawa reflects a debate in Shakespeare's time about what human nature and nature really were like. Jiro attempts to pursue Saburo's army in the forest but is stopped short with significant losses due to the deadly muskets wielded by Saburo's infantry. Jiro, Kurogane, and all Jiro's men subsequently die in the battle with Ayabe's army that follows. [48], Ran was nominated for Academy Awards for art direction, cinematography, costume design (which it won), and Kurosawa's direction. This item: Ran (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [2016] by Tatsuya Nakadai Blu-ray £7.99. Kyoami, the court fool, then jokes about Hidetora's predicament, only to be thrown out of the Third Castle. 2012 [Yoshiko Miyazaki] Shuri Kurogane. Arquebuses revolutionized samurai warfare. Ran A reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. The analogy of the development of Ran to Shakespeare's King Lear extends also to the thematic elements as they are found in the film. By contrast, the world of Ran is a Hobbesian world, where life is an endless cycle of suffering and everybody is a villain or a victim, and in many cases both. The ultimate example of chaos is the absence of gods. Motonari was famous for having three sons, all incredibly loyal and talented. Filming started in 1983. Shortly thereafter, Hidetora and his samurai retinue are besieged militarily by Taro and Jiro's combined forces. Kurosawa Akira: Korega Kuroswa sasupensu da. According to Michael Wilmington, Kurosawa told him that much of the film was a metaphor for nuclear warfare and the anxiety of the post-Hiroshima age. Tatsuya Nakadai (仲代 達矢 Nakadai Tatsuya, born Motohisa Nakadai December 13, 1932) is a Japanese leading film actor. In Japan, Ran was conspicuously not nominated for "Best Picture" at the Awards of the Japanese Academy. John F. Danby argues by analogy that Lear dramatizes, among other things, the contrasting meanings of "Nature". Hidetora Ichimonji, a powerful though now elderly warlord, decides to divide his kingdom among his three sons: Taro, Jiro, and Saburo. In the middle of the battle a messenger arrives with news that the rival warlord, Ayabe, is marching on the First Castle, forcing Jiro's army to hastily retreat. Many long-shots were employed and very few close-ups. Odd Obsession (Kagi) (1959) [Kimura]: Poisoned by a maid along with the rest of the main characters in the final minutes. [13] Roger Ebert agrees, arguing that Ran "may be as much about Kurosawa's life as Shakespeare's play". Ran was critically acclaimed upon its premiere. Details. "[41] In the San Francisco Examiner, G. Allen Johnson stated: "Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam freely. When Kyoami claims that the gods either do not exist or are the cause of human suffering, Tango responds, "[The gods] can't save us from ourselves." Jiro orders Kurogane to do the deed, but he refuses, seeing through Kaede's perfidy. Ran marks Tatsuya Nakadai's sixth collaboration with Akira Kurosawa, and his second in a leading role after Kagemusha. [3][4] It is a Japanese-French venture[1] produced by Herald Ace, Nippon Herald Films and Greenwich Film Productions. The distinctive Gustav Mahler–inspired film score was composed by Toru Takemitsu. [11] Although the film eventually became heavily inspired by Shakespeare's play King Lear, Kurosawa became aware of the play only after he had started pre-planning. Tango does not follow him. [Yoshiko Miyazaki] Shuri Kurogane.