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“Resting after a wild boar hunt among spectacular green mountainscapes, daimyo Tatsuya Nakadai decides to divide his domain among his three sons, instructing them with a parable: individually, three arrows can easily be broken; together, they are strong. . . . A decade-long dream (he had storyboarded the entire film in his own watercolors), Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear proved the Japanese master’s flair for epic sweep and stylistic innovation was undimmed at the age of seventy-five, the ‘culmination’ of his career. Clarified Kurosawa, ‘I said culmination, not conclusion.’ Four Oscar nominations, including Best Director, Cinematography, and Art Direction, with Emi Wada winning the award for her dazzling costumes” — Film Forum. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. (Akira Kurosawa, 1985, subtitles, DCP restoration, 162 minutes)

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