Winstar Cinema, a threatrical distribution company based in New York, sent us this information about the re-release of Kurosawa's "RAN":"This summer, we are re-releasing Kurosawa's masterpiece, RAN, into theatres. This film is being distributed in brand new wide screen prints and subtitles (opening date in NY is August 18th).""RAN," which translates as "chaos" or "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 Mori, a feudal warlord with three good sons. An aging ruler, Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai), announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. This decision to step down unleashes a power struggle between the three, when Hidetora falls prey to
the false flattery bestowed upon him by the two older sons and banishes the youngest when he speaks the truth. The ruthless betrayal ultimately drives Hidetora insane, destroying is entire family and kingdom.
A new website has been created for this re-release. Please visit ran2000.com
for more information.