Ran by Akira Kurosawa (France/Japan, 1985, 162 min.). In Japanese with English subtitles. Ran is the word for “chaos” or “rebellion” in both Chinese and Japanese. This epic film, widely considered to be Akira Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, conveys these ideas with lavish imagery that assaults, uplifts, and renews the senses. Before shooting, Kurosawa spent years creating a full-color painting for every shot in the film to weave a coherent aesthetic system. The end product is a beautiful and ruthless reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear that will haunt you long after leaving the theater.

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