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“The incomparable Tatsuya Nakadai anchors Kurosawa’s lavish adaptation of King Lear, a combination of chamber drama and brutal war epic that is simultaneously visceral and contemplative. Nakadai plays a sixteenth-century lord who makes the mistake of first dividing his kingdom among his three sons, then banishing the only one who actually loves him. As in Shakespeare’s tale, such decisions prove fatal, but Kurosawa pointedly concentrates on not only the effects on father and sons but also much larger societal ones.”
— Jason Sanders, BAMPFA
Running time: 162 min
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriters: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide
Producers: Serge Silberman, Masatao Hara
Cinematographers: Takao Saitô, Masaharu Ueda, Asakazu Nakai
Editor: Akira Kurosawa
Source: Rialto Pictures
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