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A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself.

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Chris Marker

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shigehiko Hasumi Shigehiko Hasumi ... Narration
Chris Marker ... narrator in the French version (voice)
Akira Kurosawa ... Himself
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Himself
Ishirô Honda Ishirô Honda ... Himself
Asakazu Nakai Asakazu Nakai ... Himself
Takao Saitô Takao Saitô ... Himself
Fumio Yanoguchi Fumio Yanoguchi ... Himself
Takeji Sano Takeji Sano ... Himself (as Takeharu Sano)
Teruyo Nogami Teruyo Nogami ... Herself
Fumisuke Okada Fumisuke Okada ... Himself (as Fumisake Okada)
Vittorio Dalle Ore Vittorio Dalle Ore ... Himself (as Vittorio)
Tôru Takemitsu Tôru Takemitsu ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masato Hara Masato Hara ... Himself
Shinobu Muraki Shinobu Muraki ... Himself
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A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself.

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Country:

France | Japan

Language:

French | Japanese

Release Date:

29 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The dialogue references Albert Camus' "Le mythe de Sisyphe". Instead of "Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux." it says "Il faut imaginer sensei heureux." There is also a reference to Sisyphos' rolling the stone up the hill. See more »

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Chris Marker: [narrating] In this kind of shooting, the first pitfall to avoid is appropriating a beauty that does not belong to us - to play up the lovely, backlit shot. Of course, some of that borrowed beauty will come through anyway, but we shall try to show what we see the way we see it, from *our* eye-level.
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A pleasure for fans of Kurosawa
26 January 2000 | by cromwell-3See all my reviews

Chris Marker's elliptical, oblique documentary on the making of Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" is an uneasy blend of hagiography (usual Cahiers du Cinema stuff) and Marker's trademark meditations on the mediating role of technology in memory and the human experience, plus probably aging, and etc., etc., etc. These Gallicisms seem out-of-place; but the philosophies are easily discarded. What makes the film a pleasure are the glimpses we see of Kurosawa's work processes, in addition to all the detail and work that goes into the making of a true epic.


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