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Ran (free)

  • Union South Marquee Theater 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

Akira Kurosawa's 1985 film Ran, made when the legendary Japanese director was 75, transposes the bold strokes of Shakespeare's King Lear to medieval Japan, where a warlord delegates power to this three sons as he descends into senility and delusion. Except that it's sons and not daughters, Ran faithfully channels a lot of King Lear's strangeness and paranoia, but around all that Kurosawa also crafts a gritty, stately, and lavish war epic. Running nearly three hours and gripping throughout, Ran (the title roughly translates to "chaos") drips with madness as any good Lear adaptation should, but it's also a testament to the tenacious craft and bold vision Kurosawa brought to his later works. It screens here in a new 4K digital restoration. —Scott Gordon

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