Title: RAN
Japanese Title: RAN
Also known as: Chaos
CD Label: Milan
CD Number: 883 499
Music by: Toru Takemitsu
Music played by: Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Hiroyuki Iwaki
Number of tracks: 2
Running time: 32:23
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1990
Year Movie Released in Japan: 1985
Year Movie Released in U.S.: This movie is available on tape or DVD with English subtitles.


This CD is subtitled "Highlights From The Original Soundtrack".

Although this movie doesn't exactly fit in with Japanese monsters 
and sci-fi, I am including it because I have also included the 5 CD
Akira Kurosawa box set on another page on this site. I think the 
music in this film will appeal to some of us into these various
Japanese films.

Track 1 runs 17:51 and is a haunting, minimalist tune comprised
mostly of flute music with drums and sticks. We also get some sections
with stringed instruments. I have seen this movie and the music fits 
it very well. Listening to this CD I was instantly reminded of the 
scenes the music is from. The music and film compliment each other
and are tightly woven together. The last 3rd of this track has a
very sad and haunting melody.

Track 2, running at 15:21, is very similar to the first track with 
a good mix of fuller orchestration. The music is mostly suspenseful 
punctuated with slower,haunting passages. There is also a section of 
this suite that sounds like a dark, stormy night with winds swirling 
and howling.

I really enjoyed both the film and the music. The music is OK as 
stand alone music but takes some getting used to, sort of like the
music in "Planet Of The Apes". However the music & film work together
extremely well. If you get a chance to see this movie on video, don't
hesitate. It is one of Akira Kurosawa's better known works and is based
somewhat on Shakespeare’s "King Lear".

Title:	RAN
Director:	Akira Kurosawa

1	Suite No. 1
2	Suite No. 2