Ran (乱?,\r\nChinese and Japanese for "chaos", "rebellion", or\r\n"revolt", or to mean "disturbed" or "confused") is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film\r\ndirected and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as\r\nHidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who\r\ndecides to abdicate as\r\nruler in favor of his three sons. The story is based on legends of the daimyo Mōri Motonari, as well as on the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear.
Hidetora\r\nIchimonji, a powerful warlord, experiences a dream reminding him that he's\r\nshowing his age and decides to divide his kingdom among his three sons: Taro,\r\nJiro, and Saburo. Taro, the eldest, will receive the prestigious First Castle\r\nand become leader of the Ichimonji clan, while Jiro and Saburo will be given\r\nthe Second and Third Castles. Hidetora will retain the title of Great Lord and\r\nJiro and Saburo are to support Taro.
Hidetora\r\nlectures them on the importance of unity by showing them that one arrow is\r\nfragile, but three arrows held together are much harder to break. However,\r\nSaburo breaks the three arrows across his knee and calls the lecture stupid,\r\npointing out that Hidetora foolishly expects his sons to be loyal to him, while\r\nhe himself has used the most ruthless methods to attain power. Hidetora\r\nmistakes these comments for a threat, and when his servant Tango comes to\r\nSaburo's defense, he banishes both men. Fujimaki, a warlord who had witnessed these events, and\r\nbeen impressed by Saburo's frankness, invites him to his dominion and offers\r\nhim his daughter to marry.