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The culmination of Kurosawa's career stands as his masterpiece. Loosely adapting Shakespeare's "King Lear," with plot elements from "Macbeth," he's fashioned an epic, heartbreaking statement about honor, ambition, and the futility of war. Aging medieval warlord Hidetora gives control of his empire to his oldest son, creating conflict with two other sons. Soon he's an outcast, as ambition and greed seize the two sons. Stunning battle scenes illuminate the full-blown tragedy of Kurosawa's vision. Superb acting with a scene-stealing Harada as the revenge-minded Lady Kaede; period costumes took three years to create. Japanese with English subtitles.

Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com

Available on Running time 160 minutes. Originally from Japanese, French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Adventure Drama, Adapted from a Play, Plays to Film: William Shakespeare, Ethics & Morals, Big Battles, Modern Shakespeare, Family Ties, Medieval Romps, Japan, Growing Older, Femme Fatale, Tragedy, 4 Bones
Screenplay
Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide
Cast
Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Meiko Harada, Hisashi Igawa, Peter, Kazuo Kato, Takeshi Kato, Jun Tazaki, Toshiya Ito, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Masayuki Yui, Norio Matsui, Takashi Nomura
Cinematography
Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Music
Toru Takemitsu
Producer
Serge Silberman, Masato Hara, Herald Ace

Awards

Oscars 1985: Costume Des.; British Acad. 1986: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1985: Foreign Film; Natl. Bd. of Review 1985: Director (Kurosawa); N.Y. Film Critics 1985: Foreign Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1985: Cinematog., Film.

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