Ran

Synopsis: Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Akira Kurosawa
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 21 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.2
Metacritic:
96
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
R
Year:
1985
162 min
77 Views

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The arrow that brought down the boar

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beIonged to Lord lchimonji.

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Drink to him!

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The wily old beast

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shot out right in front of me.

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My horse reared

before l couId aim, off I felI.

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Father,

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shalI we roast the boar?

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He was oId.

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His hide is tough; it stinks.

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IndigestibIe.

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Like me, old Hidetora.

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WouId you eat me?

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You'd stick in our throats.

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That's why I joined your hunt,

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to reinforce our friendship.

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I, too!

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l would cement the bonds

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between the houses

of lchimonji and Ayabe,

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I wouId marry my daughter

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to your son Saburo.

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Hold on!

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That's my own invention.

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Lord Ichimonji,

the day is propitious.

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Give us your answer.

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Whom wiIl you have for Saburo,

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my daughter or Lord Ayabe's?

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Not an easy choice.

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Two daughters

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for one son.

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A pity Jiro, my second son,

aIready has a wife.

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Kyoami!

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Entertain us!

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From the far mountain

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From the near mountain

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Who comes hippety-hopping

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Showing off his handsome ears?

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A hare!

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OnIy one hare, Kyoami?

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Two, I think.

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Hopping here,

to be eaten by Father.

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Saburo, that's rude!

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HoId your tongue!

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The Great Lord is tired.

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Let us withdraw until he wakes.

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This is unIike Father.

He onIy pretends to sleep.

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After Saburo's insult,

how eIse could he save face?

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AIl he did was hunt.

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ln the oId days,

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he'd rout an army

and not be winded.

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It's impoIite to our guests.

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Kyoami, wake him!

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Father worries me,

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he's barely snoring today.

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Father, what is it?

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Are you ilI?

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A dream...

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I had a dream.

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I was in a strange land.

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A vast wiIderness.

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I went on and on, but met no one.

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Akira Kurosawa

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom. Drunken Angel (1948)--"Drunken Angel"--was the first film he made without extensive studio interference, and marked his first collaboration with Toshirô Mifune. In the coming decades, the two would make 16 movies together, and Mifune became as closely associated with Kurosawa's films as was John Wayne with the films of Kurosawa's idol, John Ford. After working in a wide range of genres, Kurosawa made his international breakthrough film Rashomon (1950) in 1950. It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and first revealed the richness of Japanese cinema to the West. The next few years saw the low-key, touching Ikiru (1952) (Living), the epic Seven Samurai (1954), the barbaric, riveting Shakespeare adaptation Throne of Blood (1957), and a fun pair of samurai comedies Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962). After a lean period in the late 1960s and early 1970s, though, Kurosawa attempted suicide. He survived, and made a small, personal, low-budget picture with Dodes'ka-den (1970), a larger-scale Russian co-production Dersu Uzala (1975) and, with the help of admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, the samurai tale Kagemusha (1980), which Kurosawa described as a dry run for Ran (1985), an epic adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear." He continued to work into his eighties with the more personal Dreams (1990), Rhapsody in August (1991) and Maadadayo (1993). Kurosawa's films have always been more popular in the West than in his native Japan, where critics have viewed his adaptations of Western genres and authors (William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Maxim Gorky and Evan Hunter) with suspicion - but he's revered by American and European film-makers, who remade Rashomon (1950) as The Outrage (1964), Seven Samurai (1954), as The Magnificent Seven (1960), Yojimbo (1961), as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Hidden Fortress (1958), as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). more…

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