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Ran [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 11/22/2005
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Ran is Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's +King Lear. The Lear counterpart is an elderly 16th-century warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai), who announces that he's about to divide his kingdom equally among his three sons. In his dotage, he falls prey to the false flattery of his treacherous sons (Akira Terao and Jinpachi Nezu), while banishing his youngest son (Daisuke Ryu), the only member of the family who loves him enough to tell him the unvarnished truth. Thanks to his foolish pride, his domain collapses under its own weight as the sons battle each other over total control. Kurosawa's first film in five years, Ran had been in the planning stages for twice that long; Kurosawa had storyboarded the project with a series of vivid color paintings that have since been published in book form in England. The battle scenes are staged with such brutal vigor that it's hard to imagine that the director was 75 years old at the time. This 160-minute historical epic won several international awards, but it was not a hit in Japan, and it would be five more years before Kurosawa would be able to finance another picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Disc #1 -- Ran: The Film

1. Boar Hunt [9:05]
2. A Dream [3:06]
3. Hidetora Steps Aside [9:38]
4. Banished [3:40]
5. Lord Taro [4:57]
6. "A Gourd in the Wind" [8:22]
7. Jiro's Plan [2:43]
8. Betrayed Again [8:22]
9. The Truth [9:32]
10. Lord Jiro [16:11]
11. Tsurumaru [10:02]
12. Lady Kaede [12:51]
13. Saburo Is Needed [5:22]
14. "Bring Back the Head" [9:33]
15. "Don't Crush Me" [4:54]
16. A Message From Saburo [5:47]
17. Lost [3:08]
18. War Awaits [5:21]
19. Found [9:17]
20. Jiro Attacks [6:01]
21. Father and Son [5:04]
22. The House of Ichimonji Falls [5:55]
23. End Credits [3:33]
1. Establishing Hidetora/The Fool [9:05]
2. Noh Style/Kurosawa's Fears [3:06]
3. Historical Sources [9:38]
4. Visual Motifs [3:40]
5. Lady Kaede [4:57]
6. Machinations [8:22]
7. Jiro [2:43]
8. Buddhism/Hidetora's Demise [8:22]
9. Abstracted Action/Class Warfare [9:32]
10. Hell [16:11]
11. Noh and Shakespeare/Shooting Methods [10:02]
12. Performance High Point [12:51]
13. A Distant Point of View [5:22]
14. Kyoami's Role/A Woman's Rage [9:33]
15. An Old Artist/Didacticism [4:54]
16. Technique [5:47]
17. Disintegration of Narrative [3:08]
18. Epic Filmmaking/Pure Pessimism [5:21]
19. Oversize Performances [9:17]
20. Modern-World Parallels/Photographic Realism [6:01]
21. Distance/Didacticism [5:04]
22. Kurogane [5:55]
23. Summary Statement [3:33]

Disc #2 -- Ran: The Supplements

1. Watching Akira Kurosawa [7:11]
2. Preparations [6:20]
3. Scene 52 [5:11]
4. Battle [4:51]
5. Patience [1:15]
6. Faithfulness [6:27]
7. Speed [4:06]
8. Horses [5:59]
9. Lacquer and Gold [5:01]
10. Horror [4:42]
11. Fire [7:05]
12. Fog [5:26]
13. Chaos [10:53]
1. Kurosawa's Passion [6:11]
2. Makeup [2:22]
3. The Burning Scale [9:44]
4. Kaede's Seduction [3:40]
5. Lady Sue's head [2:54]
6. An Inner Storm [2:05]
7. The Summation of a Life's Work [2:55]
1. Boar Hunt [3:25]
2. Hidetora Steps Aside [4:57]
3. Banished [:49]
4. Lord Taro [2:04]
5. "A Gourd in the Wind" [:44]
6. Jiro's Plan [:46]
7. Betrayed Again [3:59]
8. Lord Jiro [5:13]
9. The Storm/Tsurumaru [3:11]
10. Lady Kaede [:39]
11. Saburo Is Needed [1:53]
12. A Message From Saburo [1:19]
13. Lost [:33]
14. War Awaits [4:03]
15. Father and Son [2:22]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 160 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 715515016827
  • Product ID: 2550093
  • Genre: Epic

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