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Kurosawa's historical epic Ran on 4K UHD from StudioCanal in July

6 July 2021

StudioCanal has announced the release of a brand-new 4K version of Akira Kurosawa’s last historical masterpiece, Ran, 35 years on from its original release in the UK. This beautiful restoration will be available to own in stunning 4K for the very first time in the UK when it is released on UHD disc on 19 July 2021. This special three-disc edition comes complete with a host of extras material and is a great addition to the ever-expanding Vintage World Cinema collection. The film is also available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The final samurai-era epic from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, Ran, which translates as ‘turmoil’, is Kurosawa’s meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear crossed with the history of Japan’s 16th century Civil Wars and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons.

Hidetora Ichimonji (Nakadai Tatsuya – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in WhiteRed Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and banishes him. This allows Taro and Jiro to take the reigns of power unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle to win absolute power.

Majestic in scope, Ran is a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed and the insatiable thirst for power.

Ran 4K UHD cover art

4K UHD 3-DISC EDITION DETAILS:

Disc 1 – 4K UHD

  • Ran feature (4K)

Disc 2 - Blu-ray

  • Ran feature (1080p)

Disc 3 – Blu-ray

  • A.K. – feature-length documentary by Christ Marker on Akira Kurosawa
  • Akira Kurosawa: The Epic And The Intimate
  • Akira Kurosawa by Catherine Cadou
  • Art Of The Samurai
  • Interview with Director Of Photography, Shôji Ueda
  • Interview with Michael Brooke, Author/Journalist
  • Interview with Ms Mieko Harada
  • Stage Appearance At Tokyo International Film Festival 2015
  • The Samurai

We've not been linked to a new trailer as yet, so here's the 2016 StudioCanal trailer for the original 4K restoration.