Also starting March 18 is the re-release of “A.K.,” Chris Marker’s (“La Jetée”) Kurosawa documentary filmed during the production of “Ran.”
In 1985, the production of “Ran” was possible thanks to a French-Japanese collaboration and 30 years later, Studiocanal and Kadokawa replicated this partnership to restore the film. The majority of the restoration work was done manually image by image, based on an original negative. Color grading was approved by Masaharu Ueda, one of “Ran’s” three cinematographers and a close associate of Kurosawa’s. The 4K restoration premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
“Ran” (literally, “chaos” or “turmoil”) brings together the great themes and gorgeous images of the director’s life work. A brilliantly conceived meditation on Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” crossed with Japan’s 16th-century civil wars, it stars the great Tatsuya Nakadai (“Kagemusha,” “High and Low,” “Yojimbo”) as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging ruler who decides to abdicate and divide his land equally among his three sons, unleashing an intense power struggle. A spectacular adventure punctuated by epic battle scenes with breathtaking color and a visual splendor that remains unparalleled. Kurosawa storyboarded the entire film in watercolors ten years before production began.
Ahrya Fine Arts is located at 8556 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Showtimes are 1:40 and 7:30 p.m. for “Ran” and 5:20 p.m. for “A.K.” Both films will be shown with English subtitles. For more information, call (310) 478-3836 or visit www.laemmle.com.