“List any element—from concept…right down to makeup—and Kurosawa’s commitment is total.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Ran is Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. The Lear counterpart is an elderly 16th-century warlord, who announces that he’s about to divide his kingdom equally among his three sons. In his dotage, he falls prey to the false flattery of his treacherous sons, while banishing his youngest son, the only member of the family who loves him enough to tell him the unvarnished truth. Thanks to his foolish pride, his domain collapses under its own weight as the sons battle each other over total control.
R, 162 mins, Jpn (subtitled)
Presented in affiliation with The Currier Museum of Art’s exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor on display Feb. 2 - May 5. Visit www.currier.org for more information.
Show & Tell follows the screening.