A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan.
“Remarkable! Unquestionably one of Kurosawa’s finest works, charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettably intense cinematic experience, featuring one of the most brutally riveting climaxes in movie history. (Dir. by Akira Kurosawa, 1957, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 109 mins., Not Rated)