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Buddhist Symbolism in Akira Kurosawa's Ran: A Counterpoint to Human Chaos

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While some scholars have noted the presence of Buddhist imagery in Ran, no critic has paid close attention to the complete inventory of the Buddhist symbols embedded in the film, or what they imply. The purpose of this paper is to provide such an analysis and to suggest that Buddhist themes form important subtexts in the film.

Keywords: Bodhi Tree; Buddhism; Buddhist symbols; Ran; grass; sun and quarter moon

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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