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Ran (4K restoration) movie rating: green light

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Just in time for its 30th anniversary — and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death — comes a beautiful 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran (“chaos”). A King Lear-ish take on Japan’s late-feudal civil wars, this is a fiercely cinematic experience of startling metaphors, sweeping battles, intense characters, and vivid color (the bright orange-red of blood!) that deserves to be seen on a big screen… and now’s your chance.
I’m “biast” (pro): big Shakespeare fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)


green light 5 stars

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Ran (4K restoration) (2016)
US/Can release: Feb 26 2016
UK/Ire release: Apr 01 2016

MPAA: rated R
BBFC: rated 12A (moderate bloody violence)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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  • Roy Stafford

    It isn’t Kurosawa’s final film – he made three more after Ran. His last film was Madadayo (1993), made when he was 83.

  • I misread something in the press notes. Updated rating above to reflect this. Thanks for pointing out my error.

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