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Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1985 • Japan
Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu
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.