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Ran (25-Sep-1985)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Masato Ide; Akira Kurosawa; Hideo Oguni

From a play: King Lear by William Shakespeare

Keywords: Drama, Japan

Lord Hidetora, aware that he is near the end of his reign, abdicates leadership to his three sons, dividing the kingdom equally; Hidetora will still maintain power behind the scenes. The youngest son questions the wisdom of his decision; Hidetora banishes him outright. Warfare erupts among his sons, who also betray him and cast him out of his home. Samurai retelling of King Lear is among the best adaptations of Shakespeare ever committed to film. Won Oscar for Best Costume Design; received nominations for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Set Decoration.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tatsuya Nakadai
13-Dec-1932   The Sword of Doom


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