Film Event: Ran

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Film: Ran (乱) w/Introduction and discussion

When: 17th of June – 7:30pm

Where: The Star and Shadow Cinema (Directions)


Price: £5/£3.50 (conc) (£1 membership to Star and Shadow required)

The Star and Shadow, as part of their alternative Shakespeare season, presents the master of classic Japanese cinema Akira Kurosawa’s (黒澤) adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, transported to Japan and mixed into the legendary story of Mōri Motonari. The film took Kurosawa over ten years to research and make, Ran was his last epic film and was released in 1985. Don’t miss this rare opotunity to see this visually stunning film on the big screen.

Synopsis (from the Star and Shadow)

The aging Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai in a monumental performance) decrees that his land be divided among his 3 sons (changed from Shakespeare’s three daughters). Blinded by the flattery of the two older sons, he banishes his youngest for speaking the truth.

The remaining heirs, driven by power and greed, shun their father and turn on each other. A broken man, Hidetora descends into madness as he watches the kingdom he had held together for fifty years disintegrate into apocalyptic destruction.


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