Japan, 1985, 162 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Rated R for violence throughout, Rialto Pictures, Japanese with English subtitles
"Kurosawa’s magisterial epic demands viewing on the big screen." - Time Out New York
A decade-long dream (he had storyboarded the entire film in his own watercolors), Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear proved the master’s flair for epic sweep and stylistic innovation undimmed at the age of 75. The great Tatsuya Nakadai is unforgettable as the 16th-century warlord who decides to abdicate in favor of his three sons, but the dominant force looming over every element of this film, down to the smallest detail, is Kurosawa himself. Unusual for a foreign language film, Ran received four Oscar nominations, with Emi Wada winning for her dazzling, three-years-in-the-making costumes. The color palette is unlike that of any other movie made before or since, as you’ll see in this stunning, 30th anniversary 4K restoration.