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Runtime: 160 min
Country: Japan / France
Sound Mix: Dolby (35 mm prints) / 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification: Argentina:16 / Australia:PG / Chile:18 / Finland:K-16 / France:U / Japan:R / Norway:16 (1985) / Singapore:PG / Sweden:15 / UK:12 (video re-rating) (2004) / UK:15 (original rating) / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) / USA:R / West Germany:12 / Canada:13+ (Quebec)
Trivia: Almost the entire film is done in long-shot and there is only one close-up when The Lady Kaede is presented with the head of a fox statue. (more)
Quotes: Kyoami: Are there no gods ... no Buddha? If you exist, hear me. You are mischievous and cruel! Are you so bored up there you must crush us like ants? Is it such fun to see men weep? (more)
Awards: Won Oscar. Another 25 wins & 15 nominations (more)
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Be prepared to be awe-struck!, 20 November 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev ([email protected]) from Huntington, NY
With RAN (1985) Akira Kurosawa seems to be setting up a macarbe trap. The first section of the film is slow, following an aging warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai's best acting in a long wonderous career.) dividing his castles amongst his unsavory sons. The action is slow, people talk in low tones, it's almost at snail's pace. But then, a battle scene like nothing you ever seen before explodes on the screen. The film takes a 180 degree turn and becomes more and more sinister, more compelling. You can't look away.
Akira Kurosawa (1910-1997) was responsible for elevating Japanese cinema to a front-runner in world cinema. Two of his films, RASHOMON and SEVEN SAMURAI were made in less than ten years after World War II. These films put a spotlight on Japanese culture. Some of his later films, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, THE BAD SLEEP WELL, YOJIMBO and HIGH AND LOW became the basis for a good percentage of the major American films produced after 1960.
If you sit down to see RAN, be prepared for a jaw-dropping experience