BA/MA Visual Communication

RAN · 亂 - interactive illustration to the film by Akira Kurosawa

Japanese warlord Hidetora decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, he banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him. "RAN" is based on the film by Akira Kurosawa. As I watched this film to the end, I had an unconscious idea - to reinterpret the samurai spirit through the form of scratchboard. Inspired also by Hans Hillmann's book "Fliegenpapier", I decided to present this story as an interactive illustration.

Participating Students:

Ailun Jiang, Yatang Hsu, Zhichang Wang, Prof. Barbara Junge, Prof. Kathi Kaeppel, Prof. Julian Adenauer