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160 min.
Japan Japan
Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide (Play: William Shakespeare)
Tôru Takemitsu
Takao Saito, Asakazu Nakai, Masaharu Ueda
Co-production Japan-France; Greenwich Film Productions, Herald Ace, Nippon Herald
Drama. War | Feudal Japan. 16th Century. Family Relationships. Epic film
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Shakespeare: King Lear
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A reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. The Lear counterpart is an elderly 16th-century warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai), who announces that he's about to divide his kingdom equally among his three sons. In his dotage, he falls prey to the false flattery of his treacherous sons (Akira Terao and Jinpachi Nezu), while banishing his youngest son (Daisuke Ryu), the only member of the family who loves him enough to tell him the unvarnished truth. Thanks to his foolish pride, his domain collapses under its own weight as the sons battle each other over total control.
1986: 2 BAFTA awards: Foreign Language Film, Make up. 6 nominations
1985: Oscar: Best Costume Design. Nominated for Director, Cinematography, Art Direction
1985: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1985: César Award: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1985: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Director
1985: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
1985: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Music Score & Foreign Language Film
1985: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Special Distinction Award
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