- "Harman, the size of the world has changed. It's changed to the size where you can control it with your hands just like a PDA. The world will...keep getting smaller."
- —Kun Lan
Kun Lan (クン ・ ラン, Kun Ran) is the central antagonist of killer7. As the director and embodiment of the Heaven Smile terrorist organization, he is responsible for nearly all of the game's major events. He is the best friend and eternal rival of his equal and opposing force, Harman Smith, who represents Western civilization and culture where Kun represents Eastern civilization and culture; Kun is also a creative force while Harman is a destructive one.
Appearance and Personality
Kun Lan appears as a nominally Asian man with sallow gray skin. He wears a suit with a bright green jacket at all times, perhaps to contrast with the more reserved dark clothing of Harman Smith. Though normally cruel, Kun Lan is prone to occasional bursts of mania.
Kun Lan is the reincarnation of the Buddhist temptation demon Mara Papima. He was born a fully grown man in Tibet in 1750, and the son of a governor. By the age of 3, Kun Lan had already become worshiped and recognized as a leader of underground organizations due to his demonhood. It can be presumed that he was always in possession of the God Hand.
Kun Lan traveled around the world meeting with various underground organizations using fake passports. In 1758, Kun Lan was in America when he met a young Harman Smith, then known as Harman Deltahead. Kun Lan introduced himself as Harman's neighbor. Ten years later, when Susan was killed, Kun Lan guided Harman to the scene of the crime, which lead to Harman's first encounter with the effects of his Multifoliate Personae Phenomenon and led him down the path to becoming a killer.
They would meet again on the roof of the Union Hotel in 1774, where Kun Lan acted as a medium for Dimitri Nightmare to speak through. This lead to Harman and Kun's close relationship, as after this they met for tea regularly. The same year, Kun Lan lost his Tibetan citizenship.
Kun Lan's successive actions during Harman's development into Smith and back are unknown, though at some point in his life he studied at a prestigious American university. It is known that he was still close with Harman Deltahead when he became the principal of Coburn Elementary School, as they played chess there, starting a long tradition. It was in one of these games that Kun Lan and Harman were both killed, in 1820.
While the Kun Lan who was killed at Coburn would not resurrect until 1955, this did not stop him from continuing to manifest in the meantime. In 1946, following World War II, young politician Toru Fukushima receives a mysterious call from a representative of the United Nations Party; it is suggested that the identity of the caller was Kun Lan, the man-behind-the-man of the Party, setting very long-term events into motion to shape the world and slowly worsen the relationship between Japan and other countries, particularly the US. It is also suggested that Kun Lan may have lent his powers to the creation of the Yakumo, if it is indeed supernatural.
Following the return of Harman Smith and the formation of the Second Smith Syndicate, Kun Lan resumed his role of best friend, enemy and chess partner to Harman. Between Harman's Syndicate and Kun Lan's political machinations, both were playing for much higher stakes, and in the rare occasions that Kun Lan would win a game, Harman would make a major political concession to him. In one such occasion in 1973, Harman conceded control over the major cities of the west coast of the United States. It can be presumed that somewhere around this time, Kun Lan enlisted the aid of Curtis Blackburn, who would become a long-time ally of his. Dan Smith was sent to Seattle to help establish Curtis' control, and Kun Lan's by proxy.
Kun Lan created the Heaven Smiles in what may be interpreted as a bid for world domination, but under the Imperialist Japanese United Nations Party rather than himself. He is first encountered at the end of Angel, where he sends an angel to attack the killer7 before revealing himself. Harman shoots his God Hand with his high-powered rifle, but Kun merely catches the bullet (being dragged several hundred metres in the process), declares war, and departs.
He is seen once again in Sunset, Part 2, when he saves the life of UN Party leader Kenjiro Matsuoka in order to have him gain power for Japan. (The success or failure of this venture is dependent on the player's choice of whether or not to kill Matsuoka during the events of Lion, the final chapter.)
Following this, Kun largely disappears save for a few scenes of playing chess with Harman in his Hasidically dressed, more godlike form. Later on, this form of Kun is killed along with Hasidic Harman when Young Harman appears and attacks both with his tommy gun.
Kun Lan makes his final appearance in the epilogue, which takes place in Shanghai 100 years after the main events of killer7. Here, Harman once again attempts to shoot Kun only to have him catch the bullet, to which Kun utters the game's final line, "Harman, the world won't change. All it does is turn. Now, let's dance."
On the other hand, Jaco Checkbox in hand in killer7 claims that the "real" Kun Lan is a senile old man kept around by the Government under the city of Atlanta. Supposedly, Jaco went to kill this version of him.
Powers and abilities
As a veritable god, Kun Lan has a great deal of sheer power, most of which is derived from his God Hand, which glows bright white when he uses it. Early in the game he demonstrates the ability to catch bullets with it, but more importantly, he uses it to transform regular humans into Heaven Smiles. This may suggests it is related to the Silver Eye of Flower, Sun, and Rain and The Silver Case. The God Hand is, furthermore, both a creative and destructive force, as demonstrated when he used it to save Matsuken.
In addition to these more direct powers, Kun Lan is able to influence the state of the world through both magical and political means. He is also ageless, as evidenced by the epilogue 100 years after the end of the main action in killer7.
Relationship to Harman Smith
Kun Lan has a strong rivalry with Harman Smith, with whom he wages a constant ideological, political and cosmic war. The two have confronted each other numerous times and in a variety of ways, from the brief skirmish at the beginning of Angel to the seemingly endless chain of chess matches he seems to be locked in eternally with the Hasidic incarnation of Harman. That said, while Harman appears in three different forms, Kun appears to have only one, in spite of his apparent ability to occupy multiple planes of existence at once. During their chess games, they engage in verbal battles as well, both having philosophical discussions and trying to undermine each other psychologically, as evidenced by Kun telling Harman a disturbing story about Emir Parkreiner's past in an effort to unnerve him, and Harman taunting Kun with "Do you know why [you always lose]? ...because you're a bad player."
Kun and Harman may in fact be very carefully balanced counterweights to each other, each ensuring the other is unable to use their vast power to gain too great a hold on the world.
Kun Lan's name is somewhat similar to "Kunlun," a name of a chain of mountains in China.
Official Website Description
A parasitic avatar from Harman Smith's past. With the power of the
- ↑ killer7.