Our six-film look at the works of acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa continues with his visceral 1957 Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood.
Transporting Shakespeare’s play about ambition to the foggy and feudal world of Japan, Kurosawa cast Toshiro Mifune in one of his most intense and celebrated performances as a battle-scarred warrior, matched measure for measure by Isuzu Yamada as his fierce wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with Kurosawa’s classic technical brilliance to deliver a timeless tale of political intrigue, murder, and revenge.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 1957. 105 min. Not Rated.
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“Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.” -Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
“Akira Kurosawa’s remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works — charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.” -Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“The director’s vision of Macbeth as a samurai is still a stunning reading, not merely of Shakespeare, but of history, power, and sexual politics.” -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian