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Throne of Blood


Toshir? Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura, Akira Kubo View All


Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (Director), Shinobu Hashimoto (Screenplay), Hideo Oguni (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jan. 15th, 1957
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.
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At its base, Throne of Blood is fundamentally a retelling of Macbeth set in feudal Japan, but Kurosawa and his collaborators adapt it to the setting reasonably well and make for a film that I think might just top The Tragedy of Macbeth as my favourite adaptation of the Scottish play.
Throughout the film the weather reflects the tone and mood of the film as driving rain and swirling wind join the almost eternal fog, while birds flee from the forest and horses gallop wildly.