*** MONDAY September 2nd, 2019 *** Ran *** DIRECTED BY Akira Kurosawa *** INTERPRETED BY Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

Ran-film-

Note New Time & Format

6:35 arrive

6:45 Film Starts

(film is 2 hours & 45 minutes)

• No Food or Drink •

Please car pool if possible

At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished.

“Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” is inspired by “King Lear,” but may be as much about Kurosawa’s life as Shakespeare’s play. Seeing it again in a fine new 35mm print, I realized the action doesn’t center on the old man, but has a fearful energy of its own, through which he wanders. Kurosawa has not told the story of a great man whose sin of pride drives him mad, but the story of a man who has waged war all his life, hopes to impose peace in his old age and unleashes even greater turmoil. There are parallels not only with kings but also with filmmakers, who like royalty must enforce their vision in a world seething with jealousy, finance, intrigue, vanity and greed.”   ~ Roger Ebert

 

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