Akira Kurosawa's Ran

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In 1985, Akira Kurosawa created Ran, a Japanese film adaption of Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear. The women in Ran are stronger and portrayed more feministically than in Shakespeare’s original play. Although Kurosawa changed the three main female characters to men, it was an action taken to accurately portray Japanese culture and should not be taken as offensive or antifeminist, in addition Kurosawa adds strong female characters that were not present in King Lear. In Shakespeare’s play, the three sisters were symbols of strength, the play is known for it’s feministic attributes but the women generally just watch the men do the ‘masculine’ jobs from their place. Meanwhile in Ran, Lady Kaede (played by Mieko Harada) is a strong female character…show more content…
“Give me thy sword.—A peasant stand up thus? (takes a sword, runs at FIRST SERVANT behind, and kills him)” (III.vii.80). However Lady Kaede, the most feminist character in Ran is much stronger than Regan. In Ran, Lady Kaede pursues Jiro after the death of her husband Taro. Although at first we are lead to believe she seeks vengeance the really seeks refuge. Kaede demands what she wants which often results in violence, Jiro, as the equivalent of Regan in the movie falls and puts his kingdom at stake for a woman. Kurogane often tries to reason with Jiro but Jiro’s ultimate downfall is Lady Kaede’s strength. Regan, instead of being a strong leader, lets her kingdom fall as she pursues a man. “Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you....” (V, i, 3029). Lady Kaede only pursues a man for her own glory and safety, Goneril and Regan however pursue a man at the risk of their glory and safety. This implies that women will blindly follow men at the risk of health which is anything but feminist. Switching the roles of men and women partially in Ran may have actually improved the feminism in the

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