- Japan / France
- 2h 42min
- Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
- Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide
- Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada
- Language: Japanese
Kurosawa's 'King Lear' is a bleak and despairing vision of mankind torn apart by disunity, personal vengeances and family feuds that produce no honour, no victors, just victims. An accomplished fusion of Japanese history and blood-drenched Shakespearean drama, this film grows more impressive with repeated viewings.
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Reviews & features
British Film Institute Akira Kurosawa Centenary7 Jul 2010
This very impressive British Film Institute touring programme finally reaches the west. Among the many highlights are a new digital restoration of Rashomon plus rare outings for his 1948 gangster flick Drunken Angel and his 1952 dissection of class and…
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