Ran at Chapeltown Picture House

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
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Ran at Chapeltown Picture House, Manchester, 5 September 2021, from £7.50 - Book now

Director Akira Kurosawa’s (Seven Samurai) singular reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear — rethought and relocated to sixteenth-century Japan — screens from a 4K restoration at Chapeltown Picture House this September.

Over a decade in the making, the film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-period warlord who abdicates his position and divides his power between his three rival sons. Kurosawa never hid his admiration for western literature or Hollywood style, and he had borrowed from Shakespeare before for Throne of Blood, his 1957 reworking of Macbeth, and again in 1960 with The Bad Sleep Well, which incorporates elements of Hamlet. But there is no doubting that Ran is the most spectacular of Kurosawa’s dalliances with Shakespeare.

The late-period film takes as its subject at the futility of war and the destructive, consuming nature of the desire for power. Kurosawa constructs his film on a vast scale with ferocious action combined with a mournful tone, as dazzling battle sequences depict bodies mounting in service of family feuding. Coming from a filmmaker who had helped bring global popularity to the samurai picture, Ran feels like something of an elegiac capstone.

Ran at Chapeltown Picture House, Manchester

5 September 2021 2:30 pm
From £7.50

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