Ran: StudioCanal Collection

Lions Gate Films   (1985) / Region A/B
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Ran: StudioCanal Collection

Akira Kurosawa's brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear magically mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty in the epic masterpiece, Ran. Set in 16th century Japan, Ran relates the tale of how an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai), announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. Hidetora's decision to step down unleashes a power struggle among the three heirs when he falls prey to the false flattery bestowed upon him by the two older sons and banishes the youngest for speaking the truth. That ruthless betrayal ultimately drives Hidetora insane, destroying his entire family and kingdom. Deep human emotion and outstanding acting combine to create one of the most acclaimed foreign films of all time.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 25 2009
  • Production Year 1985
  • Empire SKU 1508117
  • UPC Code 012236107798
  • Studio  Lions Gate Films
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English, French and Spanish


"A.K." the acclaimed feature-length documentary on the making of Ran from writer/director Chris Marker
"Akira Kurosawa: The Epic and the Intimate" - documentary on the director
"The Samurai" - documentary on Samurai art
"Art of the Samurai" - interview with a Japanese art-of-war expert
20-page collectible booklet on the film’s importance


  • Audio
    French DTS-HD MA 5.1
    Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1
    English DTS-HD MA Stereo
    Japanese DTS-HD MA Stereo
    Spanish DTS-HD MA Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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