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Akira Kurosawa, 1985

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.

Thu, July 7, 2011 7 PM

"Spectacular! Among the most thrilling movie experiences a viewer can have!"—Terrence Rafferty, New York Times

Kurosawa's riff on Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, Ran is the epic tale of an aging 16th-century warlord with a legacy of bloodshed who intends to divide his kingdom between his three disloyal sons. Two beautifully choreographed, stunningly shot, carnage-filled battle scenes steal the show! Nominated for four Oscars including Best Director, it won for Costume Design. (160 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.

Ballet Boys

Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26; Heirloom Café will remain closed on Friday, November 27.