Ran at HOME

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
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There were queues out the door when HOME last screened Ran, director Akira Kurosawa’s singular reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear. As part of their reopening season audiences have another chance to catch this 1985 epic — rethought and relocated to sixteenth-century Japan — by the iconic Seven Samurai director.

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.

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Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

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Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Homeground
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Homeground

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

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Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar
at IABF

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
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Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

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Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

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