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Unpublished Paper
The Long Shot as Loss of Faith in Kurosawa’s Ran
  • Michele Gibney

The final shot in the movie Ran by Akira Kurosawa betrays a crushing pessimism about the state of the society. In a world where the heroes die, the presence of a benevolent God is brought into serious scrutiny. With the dropping of the Amida Buddha scroll the movie establishes as its “moral” the chaos of man in a world without religion. In discussing the movie in connection with the final images I will be analyzing one of the most important themes of the film: withdrawal from humanity.

  • Akira Kurosawa,
  • film theory,
  • film techniques
Publication Date
February 27, 2001
Citation Information
Michele Gibney. "The Long Shot as Loss of Faith in Kurosawa’s Ran" (2001)
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