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Saturday Oct 28 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Akira Kurosawa Retrospective

Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1985. Japanese with English subtitles. 162 min.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear and considered to be one of his greatest achievements, Ran was legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s last great epic. The aging Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai) entrusts his domain to his three sons. A power struggle ensues when Hidetora is betrayed by his eldest sons, spurred on by the scheming Lady Kaede (Mieko Harada). With color-coded troops and a Gustav Mahler–inspired film score by Toru Takemitsu, the battle sequences are magnificent. Recently restored, this is a rare chance to see one of the world’s cinematic masterpieces on the big screen.

Read the Guardian review.

Special guest: Join us for an introduction by Professor Deanna Chang, Lecturer from the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, who will interpret the film from a sociology perspective and comment on how the sociology of aging and family dynamics materialize in the film.  

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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