***** [FIVE STARS – HIGHEST RATING] Critics’ pick. Kurosawa’s magisterial epic demands viewing on the big screen.



Akira Kurosowa’s final epic masterpiece

Rialto Pictures presents RAN, the 27
th film by legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Hidden Fortress).

In its epic scale, stylistic grandeur and tragic contemplation of human destiny, RAN (literally, “chaos” or “turmoil”) brings together the great themes and gorgeous images of the director’s life work. A brilliantly conceived meditation on Shakespeare’s
King Lear, crossed with Japan’s 16th-century civil wars, it stars the great Tatsuya Nakadai (Kagemusha, High and Low, Yojimbo, Hara Kiri) as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging ruler who decides to abdicate and divide his land equally among his three sons, unleashing an intense power struggle as his sons and daughters-in-law scheme for power and revenge. A spectacular adventure punctuated by epic battle scenes, RAN was at the time of its release the most expensive film ever made in Japan, with breathtaking color and a visual splendor that remains unparalleled. (Kurosawa devised the entire film in watercolors ten years before production began). Named Best Foreign Film of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle and Best Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics, RAN was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director, Cinematography, and Art Direction, with Emi Wada winning for her dazzling, three-years-in-the-making costumes.

Note: Engagements in Pasadena, NoHo, and West LA are projected in 2K.

“Spectacular! Among the most thrilling movie experiences a viewer can have!” -The New York Times

“Awe inspiring! Takes its place among the major screen versions of Shakespeare. The battle scenes are horrifying, yet extraordinarily beautiful.” -The Village Voice

“Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece, transposing King Lear to period Japan, is one of the most exquisite spectacles ever made, a color-coordinated epic tragedy of carnage and betrayal—passionate, somber, and profound.” -New York magazine

Epic, Drama, War
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

In case you missed last Sunday, I picked Akira Kurosawa`s epic ``Ran`` as the best film to open in Chicago in 1985. It opens today at the Biograph Theater. For some people, such a rousing endorsement of a foreign film with --ugh!--subtitles is probably the kiss of the death.(Let`s face it, fans of ...

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