THRONE OF BLOOD
Director: Akira Kurosawa Run Time: 108 min. Release Year: 1957 Language: Japanese
Starring: Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura, Toshirō Mifune
A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. 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 unforgettable cinematic experience.