(out of 5)

Akira Kurosawa looks to Shakespeare once again for inspiration in this colour-saturated epic based on King Lear. An aging king (cinema legend ) offers his kingdom to his three sons in equal portions. Two of them are glad of the plan and take him up quite happily, while the third is pensive about the idea and thinks his father possibly mad. At first rejecting the third son, it isn’t long before the two eldest are warring with each other and the old man needs to take refuge with his youngest. Stunning, gorgeous photography meets up with exceptional acting and direction in one of Kurosawa’s greatest achievements, though the mellow pace and sometimes obscure plotting will make it feel like watching paint dry for some audience members.

France/Japan, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, , , based on the play King Lear by

Cinematography by , ,

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa

The Criterion Collection

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Academy Award
Best Costume Design (Emi Wada)

Best Art Direction (art direction: Yoshiro Muraki; Shinobu Muraki)
Best Cinematography (Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda, Asakazu Nakai)
Best Directing (Akira Kurosawa)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Japan)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Director (Akira Kurosawa)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Music (Toru Takemitsu)
Best Foreign Film (Akira Kurosawa) (tie)

Best Director (Akira Kurosawa)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Cinematography (Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda, Asakazu Nakai)

Best Supporting Actress (Mieko Harada)
Best Director (Akira Kurosawa)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Director (Akira Kurosawa)
Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Special Distinction Award

British Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Make Up Artist

Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

Cesar Award Nominations
Best Foreign Film
Best Poster

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Cinematography



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