Published 2010
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"Set in 16th century Japan, Ran related the tale of how an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora, announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. This decision to step down unleashes a power struggle among the three, as Hidetora falls prey to the false flattery bestowed upon him by the two older sons and banishes the youngest when he speaks the truth. The ruthless betrayal ultimately drives Hidetora insane, destroying his entire family and kingdom"--Container.

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Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, ©2010.
1 Blu-ray disc (approximately 162 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (18 pages : color illustrations ; 15 cm) in container.
Target Audience Note:
CHVR: Not rated.
Other Title:
Ran (Motion picture)
Art of the samurai.
Akira Kurosawa, the epic and the intimate.
Title on menu: 乱
Originally released as a Japanese motion picture in 1985.
Based on the play King Lear by William Shakespeare.
Special features: "Art of the Samurai": interview with a Japanese art-of-war expert; "Akira Kurosawa: the epic and the intimate": documentary on the director; "A.K.": feature-length documentary from director Chris Marker; "Art of the samurai": documentary on Samurai art; trailer ; 18-page booklet containing the essay by David Jenkins, "World gone wrong: an introduction to Akira Kurosawa's Ran."
Directors of photography, Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda, with the collaboration of Asakazu Nakai ; music, Toru Takemitsu ; executed by Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, directed by Hiroyuki Iwaki ; production design, Shinobu Muraki, Yoshiro Muraki ; costume designer, Emi Wada ; executive producer, Katsumi Furukawa.
Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Takeshi Nomura, Hisashi Ikawa, Peter, Masayuki Yui, Kenji Kodama, Toshiya Ito, Norio Matsui, Kazuo Kato, Takeshi Kato, Jun Tazaki, Hitoshi Ueki.
Blu-ray; region A and B; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (French, Japanese), 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio (English, Japanese, Spanish); 1080P high definition; requires Blu-ray player.
In Japanese, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish soundtracks with optional English SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Swedish or Spanish subtitles.
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