King Lear is one of the great tragedies by William Shakespeare and was the first part of a two night Shakespeare festival shown last spring on NTV. Anyone who knows the plot of the play will quickly get into the updated Japanese version of a supermarket chain CEO Kariya Hajime played by Nishida Toshiyuki (Musashi
, Tiger & Dragon) who for health reasons is planning to retire and wants to give his entire fortune to the one of his three daughters that cares the most for him. The eldest daughter Kariya Yuri played by Wakamura Mayumi (Byakkotai, Atsu-hime) manages a restaurant, Imano Ayame played by Nakajima Tomoko (Jotei, At Home Dad) is a wife and mother. The youngest daughter Kariya Sakura played by Inoue Mao (First Kiss
, Hana Yori Dango
) works in a theatre designing sets but has aspirations to become an actress. When the three daughters have dinner with their father after he is released from the hospital, Hajime announces his plan to live with one of his daughters. The eldest two refuse for various reasons until Hajime reveals that the daughter that cares for him will inherit everything. Suddenly they both decide that he could live with them, meanwhile Sakura hasn’t spoken, but after hearing her money hungry sisters refuses her father and is disowned by him.
Shakespeare purists may not like this updated tale but I’ve been a Shakespeare fan for a long time and enjoyed this special very much. I posted about the second of the specials Romeo and Juliet
back in the spring when the subtitles were released and this special is just as good. One thing late in the play Sakura says that King Lear has never been presented in Japan previously because the Japanese audience wouldn’t enjoy the tragedy but any fan of King Lear or Akira Kurosawa knows she’s wrong because Kurosawa released his vision of Lear 22 years ago in the 1985 film Ran.
Download the bit torrent file for either the English hardsub or soft sub release here
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