Ran Synopsis
A great lord splits his kingdom between his sons and his youngest defies him and is banished.
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
The adaptation of "King Lear" to feudal Japan is an extraordinary spectacle.
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
As close to perfect as filmmaking gets.
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100

Variety

A dazzlingly successful addition to his (Kurosawa's) distinguished career.
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100

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam...
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100

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
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95

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
The Japanese title means chaos, and that is what is let loose when a powerful king foolishly tries to release the reins of power, in the...
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90

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
A stunning achievement in epic cinema.
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80

Village Voice

By Amy Taubin
A magisterial film, but not quite a great one.
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Excellent film!

By JKramer11
I have been wanting to see this film for a long time and it did not disappoint. Beautiful, emotional and also sad, it's a great rendition of King Lear. Kurosawa is a genius!!!...

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